For thousands of years the macadamia nut was part of the diet of the aboriginal people in the rainforest along the north east coast of Australia. It was in 1857, the Australian macadamia trees attracted the attention of European botanists Walter Hill and Ferdinand Von Meuller when they were collecting the botanical specimens. Von Mueller then named the species in honour of his friend, the philosopher, Dr John Macadam MD.
Although the macadamia is native to Australia, processing of macadamia nuts began slowly with early enthusiasts cracking the nuts by hand. The first commercial macadamia processing plant was not established until 1954. Today, production of macadamia nuts, the only Australian native crop that has been developed commercially as a food, is largely centred in northern New South Wales and south eastern Queensland. These areas provide the rich soils and high annual rainfall needed to promote maximum growth. As the leading producer of macadamias in the world, Australia contributes more than 30% of the global crop and exports to over 40 countries.
This golden nut is not world renowned for just its superb flavour and texture, but for all its nutrients and health benefits.Whether you munch them as a snack or add them to your meals, eating macadamias are a great way to look after yourself. Macadamia nuts are a plant food straight from nature and are a powerhouse of nutrients. They are rich in monounsaturated fats, which help maintaining an ideal cholesterol level to look after your heart. Macadamias also contain phytochemicals such as antioxidants that help maintain health and wellbeing, fibre to maintain digestive regularity, as well as protein, vitamins and minerals. They not only make a healthy and satisfying snack but also taste great!
Macadamias are available in various styles - from large whole kernels which can be delicately roasted and lightly salted, or coated in smooth flowing chocolate... to halves and small pieces ideal for the ice cream, bakery and fine dining industries. Macadamia oil is versatile and healthy for dressings or cooking.
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