How To Make Cashew Prunes

Among the by-products of cashew are jams, jelly, prunes or candied fruits. Candied fruits are fruits preserved in high sugar concentration to a point where microbial spoilage can no longer occur. Candying of fruits involves the slow impregnation with syrup into the fruit cells until the sugar concentration in the tissue is sufficiently high to prevent the growth of spoilage microorganism. Fruit is dried after the impregnation with syrup.


  • Weighing scale
  • Measuring spoon and cup, plastic cover
  • Stainless casserole/vat, drying tray
  • Stainless ladle, strainer/colander
  • Stove


  • 1 kilogram cashew pulp
  • 5 cups brown sugar
  • 5 cups caramel (brown liquid)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 pc star of anise
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 liter vinegar
  • 1/2 liter water
  • 1/8 teaspoon citric acid
  • 1/8 teaspoon potassium sorbate (optional)


  1. Cook the cashew pulp in 50% vinegar solution (mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part water) for 10 to 15 minutes upon boiling.
  2. Prepare 25% syrup (mix Vi cup of sugar to 2 Vi cup caramel).
  3. Cook the pulp in 25% syrup together with powder, salt, star of anise, citric acid and potassium sorbate for 10 to 15 minutes upon boiling.
  4. Soak the pulp for one to two days in the syrup.
  5. Adjust the sugar concentration to 50% by adding the remaining 2Vi cup sugar.
  6. Cook the mixture for another 10 to 15 minutes upon boiling.
  7. Soak the pulp for another one to two days.
  8. Drain the pulp. Arrange the pulp on trays. Sundry for one to two days.
  9. Cool dried prunes at room temperature.
  10. Pack in plastic bag or plastic container cp # 10.

How much will I get if I sell those fruity candies?

Cashew business can really be fun! You can actually do this at home! It would be best if your parents could lend you some starting amount though. Just promise to pay them back as soon as you sell your products! Let’s start with a twenty-five 200g container of candied fruits. With Cashew prunes, just use the pulp you used for making your cashew wine. Now, you don’t have to spend for another kilograms of cashew apples, right? You need P620.00 for your cashew prune syrup. But don’t make that heavy sigh yet!

This six-hundred something worth of cashew prune syrup can be used four times! So, if you divide the amount needed to make the syrup into four, this should give you a hundred-fifty five pesos worth of prune syrup for each production. You also need P187.50 for the additional materials needed to cook and pack the candied products. That will give you a total material cost of P367.50. Let’s say you’ll need an extra hand to do this, a hundred pesos should not be that bad say, for a brother or a sister who needs additional allowance for his/her school projects. Adding these all up, you need a total production cost of P467.50.

But, wait! Here’s the best part. If you sell the prunes for only P28.00 per 200g container, you’ll get P700.00 for all 25 cashew prunes products. Take out the P467.50 to pay for your labor cost and partly pay your parents for the money you borrowed to start your small business. You’ve just earned P232.50. Now, that should get you going!

For more information, contact:

DA-BPRE, CLSU Compound
Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
Tel: (044) 4560-213/290/282/287

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