Cashew nuts originated in Brazil. Today, cashew tree crops can be found along the tropical climate belt around the globe. Pakka sources its cashews from India and Burkina Faso.

The cashew tree is shrubby and has deep taproots. Thanks to these, it survives even prolonged periods of drought and has no great demands on the soil. Reminiscent of a bean, the cashew nut is actually a kernel and hangs from a cashew apple. From a botanical point of view, it is not a "true nut", but belongs to the drupe family. In the northern hemisphere, cashews can be harvested from February to April, and in the southern hemisphere from October to December.

The cashew from South India only very rarely finds its way to Europe in the size we process it, because it is a coveted "nut" in the Indian upper class. That is why our large and whole(!) cashews are a true treasure. They make up only 19% of a harvest. As a rule, the larger the kernel, the smaller their share of the harvest. The nut we process is the second largest nut according to the scale classification. But not only that: the cashews from the Malabar region are known for their fine taste. The warm and humid climate and the laterite soils are responsible for this.


  • are considered a source of protein. These contribute to the increase and maintenance of muscle mass.
  • are a source of dietary fiber, which supports normal digestion.
  • are considered a source of magnesium and phosphorus. These minerals contribute to normal energy metabolism and the maintenance of normal bones and teeth.
  • are a source of vitamin E. Vitamin E helps protect cells from oxidative stress.

Source: SR  817.022.16  Verordnung des EDI vom 16. Dezember 2016 betreffend die Information über Lebensmittel (LIV)     

In Asian cuisine, cashews are often used in wok and rice dishes. But cashews are also a popular ingredient for baking cakes and cookies. As a nut puree for thickening sauces and refining desserts, they also play a central role in the vegan diet. Finally, cashews are the ideal healthy snack for in between meals.

Natural, roasted and spiced cashew nuts should be stored protected from oxygen and sunlight, ideally at 15 degrees. Closed, opaque packaging is particularly suitable for this purpose.

Source: Schwarz, G. (2012). Gesund mit Nüssen. Herbig, München.      

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Nutrition facts (100g contain)



18 g


30 g


(davon 2,4g Zucker)

44 g

(thereof 8 g unsaturated
Fatty acids)

Partner & Suppliers

ELEMENTS & Fairtrade Alliance Kerala (FTAK)

Pakka is a part of Elements and vice versa. Not only because the fine cashews we bring to Europe and Switzerland are still an important part of our core business, but also because we have been walking a common path since the beginning of our company history. Elements trades not only in cashews, but also in coffee, spices and coconut products.

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Gebana Burkina Faso

The company "gebana Burkina Faso" (formerly gebana Afrique) was founded in 2006. It started its business by drying mangoes, sourcing dried fruit from farmer groups and then inspecting, cutting and packaging it. However, due to repeated quality deficiencies, it increasingly invested in its own equipment. Early on, the idea arose to complement the seasonal dried mango production with the year-round processing of cashew nuts.

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Origin of the Pakka Cashews

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