Climbing my grandfathers’ macadamia trees when I was younger ,before self-consciousness hit me at 15 years was the highlight of any school holiday.
With my siblings,we would eat macadamia nuts off the trees like we were being paid to so.
Macadamia nuts grow in bunches , though their leaves can be really prickly but it never deteered us from eating them.It’s utter bliss goodness when you crack the nut…
We would eat them while they were still raw and their shell had not gone all dark brown and hard.You practically cracked them open with your teeth.
Later when they were left to dry, the outer covering that was green would turn into a hard brown kernel ,underneath was a tougher outer shell that we used specialized equipment to crack open.
The special pieces of equipment were scattered under all the macadamia trees littering the farm which were about 30 in number and they consisted of two stones.
One was a big stone we called the base and which had a groove the size of a shilling because of the nuts that had nestled there before they were robbed of their “treasures”.The other was a smaller stone that provided the neccessary pressure and force to crack the nut open.
We were nut-crackers!
I never ever thought about roasting the nuts like they now do with the pre -packed ones because raw,they could take you to heaven and well you remained there.
We would often be found by grandfather sheltering under a tree our bellies full of this little bits of creamy nuts with no need for lunch.
While the nuts have a high concentration of monounsaturated fats that are said to be great for the heart.
Here are five great ways macadamia nuts are used:
1.Eaten raw they are delicious and if you cannot have raw nuts then you can have them roasted.
2.On their own or paired with other nuts they make for great snacks to have with beer or wine
3.They make a great nut spread for breads because of their creamy nature that is as a result of the oils they contain.
4.They add richness and crunch to foods like cookies,breads.
5.Macadamia nut oil is used for cooking food a true culinary treasure.
Apparently they have a higher concentration of oil than olives!They are also rich in protein,dietary fibre,phosphorus and calcium.
Below is a chart illustrating the goodness of this humble nut that I got from www.macnut.com.au
|Macadamia nuts (raw kernel): Per 100g serve|
|Fat (total oils)||76.4g|