Worms, small insects
» Can be found in the cashews
Although in general cashews do not contain worms or insects, at times worms or other insects can be found. No statistics have been gathered indicating whether insect presence in cashews are a Miut HaMatzui that halachically requires cashews to be checked for insects. Since the frequency of insects in cashews is yet to be clearly determined, we can only offer some general guidelines that can indicate signs of insect presence.
1. Shriveled appearance of the nuts and discolorations such as black dots on cashews can indicate that there are worms in them.
2. Visible holes in cashews can also be a sign of insect presence.
3. In either case, the halves of the cashew should be separated and examined for the presence of small insects or worms.
4. A healthy-looking cashew that is completely closed and looks fresh is free from a חשש of insects.