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HAND IN HAND – Achal / India


Cashew nuts in best quality and according to organic standards are cultivated for Rapunzel in the two federal states of Maharashtra and Goa, India. About 3500 small farmers cultivate the cashew nuts on their organic plantations in intercropping with other trees as well as rice and jackfruit. The nuts are processed by the HAND IN HAND partner Achal. It is a real model company with high social commitment.


Cultivation, processing and export


Vital energiser


The cashew tree (lat. Anacardium occidentale) belongs to the same family as mango trees or the pistachio tree. The main harvest time is from February until the end of April. An average of 12 to 15 kg of nuts are harvested per tree. 

Cashew nuts have many vital substances such as water-soluble vitamin B1 that is responsible for the carbohydrate metabolism. Many other substances such as unsaturated fatty acids, water, different, high-quality vegetable proteins, fats, usable carbohydrates, fibers, sodium, potassium, phosphorus and niacin are also found in the cashew nuts. 

Organic cultivation, careful processing


The cashew nuts (= seeds) grow as a single, small, kidney-shaped nut attached to the so-called cashew apple that is also edible. After the nuts have been harvested in ripe condition by the farmers and their families, they are transported to Achal for further processing.

At first, the nuts are dried. Afterwards, they are heated with steam so that the shell that harbors the sensitive kernel can be easily removed. This delicate job of cracking the nuts is mostly done by women. Subsequently, the kernels are dried in a hot chamber. Then they are peeled, classified and packed for transport.
Sortieren der geschälten Cashewnüsse
Sortieren der geschälten Cashewnüsse

HAND IN HAND partnership with Achal


The price Rapunzel pays for cashew nuts is higher than the current local market price. Therefore, special social benefits can be granted. The workers at Achal are employed throughout the entire year, they are entitled to vacation time and vacation pay and receive new clothes and shoes every year.

The workers´ children, up to an age of 5 years, are treasured in the company kindergarten where they can play and have beds for resting. Moreover, Achal workers get benefits for every school child so that they can buy needed school material.

Recipes with cashew


Carrot Salad with Asian Ginger Dressing
Carrot Salad with Asian Ginger Dressing
Cashew >cheese< with wild herbs
Cashew >cheese< with wild herbs
Energy balls with cashew, dates, cacao and coconut
Energy balls with cashew, dates, cacao and coconut
Date and nut seed bar
Date and nut seed bar
Fairtrade Mango and Cashew Bliss Balls
Fairtrade Mango and Cashew Bliss Balls
Spaghettini with fresh Mushrooms and Parsley
Spaghettini with fresh Mushrooms and Parsley
Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Emmer Pasta
Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Emmer Pasta
Asian wok with curry -coconut- peanut sauce and basmati rice
Asian wok with curry -coconut- peanut sauce and basmati rice
Hemp and Cocoa Balls
Hemp and Cocoa Balls
Green tagliatelle with avocado, peas and fresh herbs
Green tagliatelle with avocado, peas and fresh herbs
Pesto made of radish and carrot greens
Pesto made of radish and carrot greens
Lentil noodles onepot pasta with spinach
Lentil noodles onepot pasta with spinach
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