Do you love rich buttery macadamia nuts? So do we!!! In honor of National Macadamia Nut Month, we’ve got some fun facts!
- Macadamia nuts are native to Australia! In 1881, William H. Purivs, a sugar plantation manager, brought them to Hawaii.
- Aboriginal People considered them a delicacy, and had many names for macadamias: “Jindill,” “Baupal,”, “Boombera,” and “Kindal Kindal.”
- Botanist Ferdinand von Mueller, who identified and classified the tree, named it macadamia after Scottish scientist John MacAdam.
- It takes 300 lbs per square inch to crack macadamia nut shells, making them one of the strongest nuts.
- Unlike most other nuts, macadamias are not picked from the trees. They are harvested after they have fallen to the ground, a sign that they are ripe.
- The U.S. consumes 51% of macadamia nuts grown.
- Macadamias are naturally cholesterol free, and low in saturated fats.
- A one ounce serving of macadamia nuts contains 204 calories, 2 grams of protein and 58% RDV of manganese.
- Of all nuts, macadamias have the highest levels of monounsaturated fats (similar to those found in olive oil).
- Macadamias are the most expensive in the world, due to the slow, labor-intensive harvesting process.
Want to add some macadamia nuts to the mix? Here are some options!
Macadamias, 60% Whole Bulk
Macadamias, Halves & Pieces Bulk
Five Star Nut Mix® Bulk