We are nuts about nuts and we would like you to share in this interesting and exciting world with us.
A nut can be described as a seed or fruit with an edible kernel inside a shell. How many of these can you name?
Did you know that nuts have been a part of our lives as humans for as long as we can be traced back? Remains of nuts have been found in archaeological sites and in early man’s dwellings dating back to before 10,000 B.C.
We, however, specialize in Macadamia nuts, which look a little something like these below and can be quickly and easily described as having the hardest shell in the family of nuts.
British colonialists first discovered macadamia nuts in 1857 in Queensland, Australia. One can only imaging the rigorous process in trying to figure out what this little brown hard shell contains and eventually discovering the goodness that is contained in the nut. The nut was indigenous to Australia but has since been shipped to different parts of the world where it has greatly prospered. Some of these places include:
South Africa, Hawaii, Zimbabwe, Israel, Costa Rica, Colombia, Guatemala, Brazil and Malawi.
As you can see above, Macadamia thrives in the warmer climates of the world and comes in three species of which only two are edible – the smooth shelled Macadamia integrifolia and the rough-shelled M. tetraphylla. Out of these, only the Macadamia integrifolia has been commercialized.
- Macadamia trees grow up to a height of 15 m
- They make up less than 0.5% of the total tree nut production
- Today Mauna Lona Macadamia Nut Corporation is the largest manufacturer of macadamia nuts in the world.
- The single largest planting is not done in Hawaii but on 3,700 acres in South Africa.
- These nuts are usually considered gourmet nuts and are served as dessert in many restaurants or covered in chocolate to make tasty treats
- Commercial production of the nuts requires only the nuts, salt and oil