Other names: Queensland Nut, Macadamia, Queen Of Nut, Bush Nut, Maroochi Nut
Translations: Makadāmijas rieksti, Makadamijos riešutai, Nuci de Macadamia, Macadamia Matice, Orzechy Macadamia, Macadamia पागल, Nozes Macadâmia, Орехи макадамия, Macadamia καρύδια, المكاداميا المكسرات, 마카 데 미아 너트, Makadamia, Makadamya nuwes, 澳大利亚坚果, Nous de macadàmia, Makadamije, Makadamové, מקדמיה אגוזים, Macadamianötter, Аустралијски ораси, マカデミアナッツ, Noix de macadamia, Macadamia-Nüsse, Macadamia Nødder, Macadamia nøtter, Nueces de Macadamia, Горіхи макадамія, Macadamiapähkinöitä, Макадамия
The fruit of the macadamia tree are a very hard woody globe with a pointed apex, containing one or two seeds. The seeds when roasted are creamy white and roundish.
Colors: outside husk is green or brown, inside flesh is creamy white
Flavors: sweet, buttery
Mouthfeel: Crunchy, Buttery, Luxurious and tender
Food complements: Chocolate, Cake, Cookies, Cream, Seafood, Chicken, Citrus, Salt, Sugar
Wine complements: White wine, Late harvest reisling, Reisling, Viognier
Beverage complements: Milkshake, Milk, Cognac, Brandy
Substitutes: Peanuts, Hazelnuts, Walnuts
Selecting and Buying
Seasonality: january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, opctober, november, december
Choosing: When buying 'MacNuts' check the expiration date. Nuts takes time to expire but its likely that molds will build up fast. Do not buy nuts with broken or damaged containers.
Buying: These days, you can buy 'MacNuts' on your local supermarkets. Chec
The macadamia tree is usually propagated by grafting, and does not begin to produce commercial quantities of nuts until it is 7–10 years old, but once established, may continue bearing for over 100 years. Macadamias prefer fertile, well-drained soils, a rainfall of 1,000–2,000 mm, and temperatures not falling below 10 °C (although once established they can withstand light frosts), with an optimum temperature of 25 °C. The roots are shallow and trees can be blown down in storms; they are also susceptible to Phytophthora root disease.
The macadamia nut has an extremely hard shell, but can be cracked using a blunt instrument, such as a hammer or rock applied with some force to the nut sitting in a concave surface, or a custom made macadamia nutcracker can be used. Nuts of the "Arkin Papershell" variety crack open more readily.
Preparation and Use
Most macadamia nuts are purchased roasted and either sold whole or chopped. They are ready to use in this way.
Cleaning: Remove the husk if necessary. Processed nuts require no further cleaning.
Conserving and Storing
Place macadamia nuts into the airtight container or the plastic freezer bag. If you are using the plastic freezer bag, squeeze out as much excess air from the bag as possible prior to closing it.
Write the contents and the date on the freezer bag.
Store macadamia nuts in the refrigerator for up to 6 months and in the freezer for up to 1 year.
Remove the macadamia nuts from the refrigerator or freezer and open the container or bag. Smell the macadamia nuts to ensure they do not have an odor that suggests they are not fresh. If you detect an unpleasant odor or they taste unpleasant, discard them immediately.