Cashew Fruit Feni Wine: Kerela Style

Today we are gonna make a cashew fruit feni wine. Remember, traditional Goan Fenni is distilled. But this Kerela Style recipe even though being alcoholic does not require distillation. Therefore it is all-natural, organic and healthy white wine. If you are living near farms in South India, cashew fruit can be easily procured in bulk for cheap. The fruit has a peculiar taste. After eating a few fruits your throat feels strange and you cannot eat anymore. Although it has a short shelf life, most farmers are only interested in the cashew seed (which is outside i.e. below) the fruit. So during harvest, in summer season you can visit the farm, pluck as many as ripe fruit as you require for free, as long as the seeds are returned back.

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Cashew Fruit Fenni White Wine

A simple recipe to convert farm waste into a wonderful white wine.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Fermentation 9 days
Total Time 9 days 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine Goan, Kerela
Servings 4 glasses
Calories 20 kcal


  • gloves (cashew fruit is acidic)
  • fermenter with airlock
  • knives, strainer, and other common kitchen equipment


  • 2 kg Cashew Fruit organic washed and clean
  • 500 gm Sugar
  • 3 liters sterilized water
  • 5 gm Fruit Cider Wine Yeast


  • Wash and clean the cashew fruits
  • Cut it into small pieces and press the fruit to extract the juice
  • Soak it in water and repeat the process till all the flavors and sweetness is extracted from the fruit
  • Add sugar and yeast and allow it to ferment under an airlock
  • After a week, fermentation will stop. You can taste to add more sugar, spices and flavors. Filter the wine using a mesh cloth
  • Keep it in the refrigerator for a day to make the wine a bit more clear and consume this drink fresh. I prefer it as a bit sweet dessert wine or dry cooking wine.


You can age it for 6 months for the harsh flavors to mellow down. Also one can make a nice sweet sparkling wine from cashew fruit feni.

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  1. thomas gbadu

    pls I hv try it but my colour is not golden brown I get some light yellowish colour which is not like yours

    1. thomas cashew fruit comes in all color from yellow to orangish but all cashew feni wine made from it tastes good

  2. Prachi Moharil

    5 stars
    Hi Ankur,
    Thanks for the detailed instructions, I followed them & got a very dark ocher color in my clarified wine. I really want the wine to have the golden hue. I have a question, does the variety of cashew differs the color of wine? If yes, can you please tell me which variety did you use for your wine preparation.
    Thanks a lot in advance…!!

    1. Prachi
      if you keep the contact with the cashew skin to the minimum then the juice you will obtain will be transparent in color and resulting cashew wine will be golden brown in color.

      I have experimented with both yellow and red cashew fruits grown in South/West India and the resulting wine taste almost the same.

  3. My i am in west africa…
    Cashew fruits are available and trying to start a decelary

    1. Biju the beauty of this recipe is that most farmers are interested in cashew nut and throw away thr fruit. So you can get it for cheap and supplement your farm income

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