We recently had a couple of friends down from England who wanted to buy some cashew nuts to take back with them. Being students they didn't want to spend too much money, and had so far only looked in places like Keells and ODEL which were apparently quite expensive.
So where do you go to buy affordable cashew?
Well, cashew isn't ever going to be cheap. But apparently the Sri Lanka Cashew Corporation (SLCC) sells them at subsidised rates. So on a hot Wednesday afternoon we headed over to find out.
The SLCC is on the sea side of Galle Road. It's not very conspicuous so quite possible to miss - make sure you look out for the big red sign saying 'Cashew Sales Centre'.
It's a small place, air-conditioned and filled with cashews. A 150g pack costs Rs. 450, a 500g bag is Rs. 1200, and a 100g bag costs Rs. 280 to give you a rough idea. We can't compare them to other rates yet as we haven't checked, but we're told this isn't tooo bad.
Cashew's very popular, very Sri Lankan, but we don't know too much about it. Any tips would be really appreciated.
Apparently <a href="http://www.royalcashew.com/">Royal Cashew in Kohuwela</a> is good too.