Vietnamese Cashew Grades


Cashews are graded on how white they are and how broken the kernel is.  There are four color grades, four styles of break on the kernel and six sizes (or maximum number of kernels per pound)

Classification Method 1 - Classified according to grades / with or without basing on number of kernel per kilogram.

Cashew kernels have been classified according to 6 quality levels

 Quality  Classified according to grades / with or without basing on number of  kernel per kg.
 First quality  W210, W240, W320, W450, WB, WS, LWP, SWP
 Second quality  LBW210, LBW240, LBW320, LBW, SW210, SW2440, SW320, SW, SB, SS, LP, SP
 Third quality  DW320, DW350, DW
 Fourth quality  DW2, DW3DW2, DW3
 Fifth quality  SW2, SSW2, SW3, DW, DWTW3, DW, DWT
 Sixth quality  CS, SK, SK2, TPN, TPN2, TPB, DW4CS, SK, SK2, TPN, TPN2, TPB, DW4



Classification Method 2 – Based on whether the cashew kernel is whole or broken

Plain Natural Wholes - Cashew is graded in three categories based on colour. White Wholes (“W” appearance – white, pale ivory), Scorched Wholes (“SW” – slightly reddish) and Scorched Wholes Seconds (“SSW” – discolored); W and SW Wholes are graded according to size, i.e. number of nuts per Pound; Super Premium – W 150; Premium – W 210; Regular – W 450; Economy – SW 450
Natural Halves - Cashew Kernels broken evenly into 2 parts are less expensive than wholes. They are used in economy packs and also for candy bars, sweets and pastry. Splits are crisper than wholes and sometimes preferred for that reason. The different varieties are: Fancy Splits (FS): White halves split lengthwise; Fancy Bults (FB): White halves broken crosswise; Scorched Splits; Scorched Bults
Natural Broken’s - Natural Cashew pieces are used in economy packs and also in confectionery, pastry, ice creams & cooking; Large White Pieces (LWP); Scorched Pieces (SP); Scorched Pieces Seconds (SPS)
 Grade  Name
 W-240  White Wholes
 W-320  White Wholes
 W-450  White Wholes
 SW-320  Scorched Wholes
 SW-450  Scorched Wholes
 SSW  Scorched Wholes Seconds
 FS  Fancy Splits
 SS  Scorched Splits
 FB  Fancy Butts
 SB  Scorched Butts
 LWP  Large White Pieces
 SWP  Small White Pieces
 SP  Scorched Pieces
 SPS  Scorched Pieces Seconds
 SSP  Scorched Small Pieces
 BB  Baby Bits