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    Feb 10th, 2019

    Bouna, The cashew apple represents both a food opportunity and optimization of the value chain of this cash crop, says Profiab II's senior adviser, Veerle Van Waesberghe. "There is a huge economic value in the cashew tree, some of which is almost untapped. Yet it can be used for human consumption. The apple is fleshy with a stringy stringy juicy and acidic that contains a lot of vitamin C, which is quite important for the human body. In addition, cashew offers a variety of options in good derivatives to market, "she said, in an interview Saturday at the AIP in Bouna.

    For the project manager of Profiab II, development program of the economic and natural spaces Taï and Comoé, it therefore appears necessary for Ivorian farmers to appropriate the mechanisms of cashew nut processing in products derived from local consumption to further optimize their income.

    Thus, from the cashew apple or its nut one can obtain fruit juice, pate, jam, alloco, cocktail, liquor, pulp for the preparation pastries and various recipes.

    The cashew apple is a soft pear-shaped peduncle five to ten centimeters long which changes from green to yellow, or red depending on the variety when it is ripe and at its end bears the fruit, the cashew which contains an edible almond. The season of apples and nuts is at the end of the year in Brazil, the second half in India and from February to October in West Africa.

    Introduced in northern Ivory Coast in the late 1950s for reforestation and soil protection, cashew has gradually gained importance for its marketable nuts.

    From 1990 onwards, cashew nut cultivation developed with the improvement in world cashew nut prices. In 2015, Côte d'Ivoire became the largest cashew producer in India with more than 500,000 tonnes produced.