Macadamia Nuts

TYPES

In-Shell, Shelled, Chopped, Flour, Paste, Oil.

VARIETIES

Cate, Beaumont, Vista, Dorado, Mauka, Pahala, Papershell.

SIZES

18/23, 23/28, 28/+, Style 0, Style I, Style II, Style II, Style IV, Style V.

FORMATS

25 lb Vacuum Packed Boxes

White Gold from Australia: Discovering the Origins of Macadamia

Macadamia nuts, also known as “Australia’s White Gold” are true culinary gems with a unique history entwined with the beauty of Australia and the botanical intrigue of the 19th century. Let’s see how this exquisite nut has managed to earn its place on tables all over the world.

The Australian Cradle: Unlike many other nuts, macadamia nuts are indigenous to Australia. Their history starts in the eastern part of the continent where the aboriginal tribes enjoyed the nutritional benefits of these nuts for generations before they became known in the rest of the world.

Discovery in Europe: Macadamia nuts were allegedly introduced in the West by the British botanist and explorer, Allan Cunningham, who collected specimens of those nuts during his expeditions to Australia in the 1820’s. Nevertheless, it was not until the 1850’s when the German scientist, Ferdinand von Mueller, discovered the nuts and named them after his scientist friend, John Macadam.

Commercial Farming: In spite of scientific recognition, macadamia nuts were not immediately farmed commercially. It was at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century when Australian farmers started to realise their potential as a profitable crop. Nevertheless, large scale production would take several decades to develop.

Development in Hawaii: Macadamia farming spread outside of Australia’s borders in the 1880’s when seeds were taken to Hawaii. The volcanic archipelago turned out to be the ideal habitat for macadamia production, and it quickly became a major nut producer and exporter.

Global Popularity: As macadamia nuts were recognised for their mild flavour and creamy texture, their popularity extended around the world. Australia and Hawaii are still the leading producers, but other countries such as South Africa and Latin American countries have also started farming these coveted nuts.

Nutritional Value and Culinary Uses: In addition to their exquisite taste, macadamia nuts are also known for their exceptional nutritional properties. They are rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and nutrients. Their culinary versatility means they can be eaten as a snack and can also be used in desserts, salads and main courses.

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