Sunday 28th August marked Ayyankali Jayanti, a public holiday in Kerala where we get our scrummy cashews from. Here’s a bit of history on this important day in Indian tradition.
Unless you’re in the know, you could easily fail to recognize a cashew nut if you saw one growing on a tree. Most of Liberation’s cashews grow on the ‘homestead’ farms of small-holders in tropical Kerala, deep down in Southern India. The precious cashew nut is disguised both by a very thick shell and by the large ‘cashew apple’ that it grows snuggled up next to.
Nicaragua, which means, “here united with the water,” is a sovereign state whose people love freedom and independence. The western region of the country was colonised by Spain, where the east was once a British region with a culture similar to that of the Caribbean nations.
Ana Rebeca Mamani is a female brazil nut gatherer in Bolivia supplying to the COINACAPA cooperative (a shareholder supplier to Liberation Foods).
The “Tienda Campesina” was where it all started for the Juan Fco Paz Silva cooperative in Achuapa (a member of the Del Campo Co-operative that is a shareholder of Liberation Foods and its number one supplier of peanuts).
‘To rain or not to rain’… ‘to take one’s cagoule or not’ are questions usually hovering close to our lips around Bank Holiday Weekends. And judging by this weekend’s forecast so far, it’s definitely the cagoule.