The foremost direct source for truly raw cashews in the world! Don’t fall for the misleading claims… if it’s not sourced from Big Tree Farms, they’re not truly raw.
Over the course of the past 6 years, Big Tree Farms (BTF) has developed the single highest integrity cold-processed Cashew supply chain in the world. By working directly with raw food experts from the US, EU and Australia, Big Tree Farms has built a sustainable supply chain from farm-gate to market based on a global demand for living cashews.
The pitfalls have been many, the learning curve steep; but the resulting cashews have been praised by both those on the raw food path and those simply looking for high quality and great tasting nuts. There is simply no alternative to Truly Raw™ cashews; sweeter, richer and more appetizing than any other cashew we have tasted. We know you’ll agree. In 2007 we coined the term ”Truly Raw” to create a clear distinction between our cold processed cashew products and other industry standard heat treated “raw” product.
The definition of “raw” for the nut industry simply means “not roasted”, yet the nuts can still be cooked. Cashew-in-shell are either boiled in oil or scorched in fire in order to loosen the shell prior to cracking and speed the process. However, during that heating process the cashew degrades significantly and essential fatty acids and enzymes are destroyed.
The processing necessary for our Authentically Raw™ cashews is slow, relative to conventional processing, but the high quality and unbeatable flavor are unquestionable. As an example of this, typical cashews in India are processed at a rate of 12-14kg per worker per day while for our Truly Raw™ cashews typical processing rates are only between 4-5kg per worker per day!
This great disparity in processing capacities translates to a significant difference in price, which in turn leads to a serious temptation for buyers and manufacturers of “raw” food products to purchase industry “raw” cashews (defined as non-roasted though still heat-treated) rather than support truly raw, cold-processed product, which simply means supporting cashew farmers throughout Indonesia.