Rotten cashews can have a moldy or smelly surface. Unpleasant aroma, taste, and appearance are signs that the nuts are too old or have been stored at high temperatures for too long. Cashews are known for their rich, pleasant flavor and are not bitter when fresh. While in the case of rotting, their smell changes and this is a sign of rotten almonds.
How long do cashews last?
Raw cashews bought in bulk can be stored for up to four weeks. Refrigerate your cashews to keep them fresh for longer. In this way, almonds can be kept healthy for up to 6 months. If stored at room temperature, an unopened package of cashews will last about a month or two past the best-by date.
What are the characteristics of spoiled cashews?
Cashews are considered spoiled if they have any of the following characteristics: shriveled kernels, discoloration (in appearance, which usually means the nuts are gone), mold in the package, staleness (which is To hide the staleness of the product, they use an additive such as a chemical or dye-like smell, or a bitter taste (bad taste). If you notice white mold on cashews, or if they have a sour smell or a strange texture, also if the skin of the almonds looks darker, the cashews are rotten.
There are a few main signs that indicate rotten cashews. These signs include:
1- Unpleasant smell
Because the fats and oils naturally present in cashews break down over a long period and improper storage, the oxidation of those fats and oils causes bad odors. This bad smell is usually similar to the smell of sour butter. If the cashews are spiced or flavored, the smell may not be as strong, but it’s still detectable.
2- Oily or wrinkled appearance
Another symptom of rotten cashew is its appearance. Because these nuts don’t contain much water or fiber, they won’t shrivel like apples, for example, and the rate of wrinkling is lower. This usually happens after being exposed to high temperatures for a long time. For example, placing almonds in a warm kitchen for a week.
3- Sour taste
The taste of cashews is another indicator to distinguish whether it is fresh or rotten. Cashews are known for being creamy and even slightly sweet. These kernels are never bitter. But when they start to rot, they become bitter. Bitterness and sourness are the worst combinations in cashews. At this point, it’s time to discard the almonds.