Cashew Pieces (Organic Raw, Hand Cracked Vietnamese)

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Hand-Cracked Vietnamese Cashew Pieces - 5 lbs

Nourishing, rich, and satisfying, with complete protein, heart-healthy Oleic acid, and a hearty dose of minerals and vitamins, these nearly-RAW organic cashews are crisp, buttery, and delicious, perfect for snacking by the handful.

Typical cashew-shelling machinery uses high-heat process that ends up "cooking" the cashew (at best) or scorching them (at worst), damaging proteins, enzymes, and oxidizing the cashew's delicate essential fatty acids. Even the best organic cashews can look yellowed and taste bland, soapy, bitter, or funky. Oftentimes, roasting and salting is the only way to cover up these flavors — but nothing can hide the negative health impacts of oxidized fatty acids.

We scoured the planet to find a source that uses the least amount of heat for the least amount of time and discovered these nearly-RAW Vietnamese cashews, which are quick-steamed in order to preserve their fresh flavor and rich nutrient content.

You'll love them in trail mixes, salads, smoothies, and cookies, or as a base in creamy non-dairy recipes and vegan desserts.

  • Fresh flavor and perfect balance of crunchy/creamy texture
  • Careful processing ensures incredible flavor and vitality
  • Never roasted
  • Quick-steam process protects interior fats & proteins
  • Long-lasting fresh flavor: oils naturally resist oxidation
  • Organic and Kosher certified

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The Best Buy

In order to provide a pure, high-quality organic cashew (at a more modest price than our hand-cracked Verified RAW Balinese cashews) we scoured the planet and sampled countless cashews to find a source that uses the least amount of heat for the least amount of time during shelling.

When we tasted our Vietnamese cashews, we knew they were the right ones. They are so fresh and delicious, with a pleasant aroma and smooth, clean flavor — they're the closest thing we've tasted to our RAW Balinese cashews.

Crack one in half and you'll see a clean white center that fades only slightly toward the edges — a line showing where the quick-steam cracking process has slightly heated the oils, starches, and proteins at the surface. The cashews don't reach more than 50˚C (about 122˚F).

Sustainably sourced

Naturally, our source — a cooperative of family farms who have been cultivating cashew trees for over 30 years — is certified organic and kosher. In order to encourage high yields and excellent quality cashews, they recently adopted a composting system (financed by our partners) that uses locally-sourced guano and vegetable matter.

The organic premium paid for these cashews directly supports healthy, vibrant communities, eliminating poverty living-conditions while encouraging education and continued adherence to clean, sustainable farming practices.

Unfortunately, global warming is already impacting cashew yields throughout Asia, with some regions showing a decrease of 60% compared to just 10 years ago, and many farmers are switching to growing rubber for the Chinese car industry. By purchasing this premium product, you are voting for a more sustainable future for Asia and for our planet.

Our farming partners go through their plantation during harvest season three time a week to collect the nuts. The cashews are sun-dried for a few days before being brought to a central processing facility, where they are further sun-dried to reach optimal moisture content without growth of mold or fungus.
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Really Raw

RAW Foodists are well aware of the slippery usage of terms like "raw" and "cold-pressed" in food marketing. Many "raw" nuts, for example, may still be steamed, boiled, or exposed to high temperatures during shelling or drying, but are labeled "raw" simply because they aren't roasted.

Cashews are notoriously hard to harvest - their shell contains an irritant (similar to poison ivy!) To open it safely and efficiently usually requires high heat, but these techniques "cook" the cashew at best, or scorch it at worst, damaging proteins, enzymes, and oxidizing the cashew's delicate essential fatty acids (making them less tasty and less healthy).

Our source exclusively uses solar-drying, and has developed a quick-steam process for shelling that raises the cashew's temperature to no more than 50˚C (about 122˚F).

At this point, the shells are ready for hand-cracking, using a special scissor-like tool, and the finished cashews are quickly vacuum-sealed and shipped to our air-conditioned facility in Southern California.

The Ripple Effect

You are powerful

Hand Cracked Vietnamese Organic Cashew Pieces are your vote for a better world. Across the planet, we seek the finest superfoods and pay a premium for the exceptional craftsmanship of small farmers, cooperatives, and indigenous communities. We also give back 1% to local non-profits like Amazon Watch, who protect the land and the communities who depend on it.

Every Product has an origin

and an impact

You stand at the finish line of an amazing journey with a miraculous beginning: Soil, Water, Sunshine...and Seed. With care and craftsmanship, Life unfolds, blossoms, and thrives. No chemicals needed. Just skill, hard work, and love for the land.

Every point on this map is a place that you touch. A farm. A community. An economy. An ecosystem.

These are the origins. You are the source.