It’s the creamier cousin to the cashew and the sassier sister to the almond. It’s the talk of the town in superfoods, and the topic of the day in nutrition. It’s your cholesterol-free kick of omega-7 and your hassle-free hit of fibre. It’s the nut we’re going nuts for…the Macadamia!
In the world of nuts and berries, Macadamias are as precious as gold. These understated tree nuts from the Southern Hemisphere are hidden gems like no other. Besides being packed with nutrients, they present a world of opportunity for both farmers and foodies alike.
Here are just five reasons why we’re so mad about Macadamias.
Fact 1: The magical macadamia is a superfood
From improving brain function and cardiovascular health, to aiding weight loss and fighting inflammation, Macadamia nuts are nutritional powerhouses. They’re a great source of vitamin B and they’re packed with antioxidants. Studies have even shown that the healthy fats in Macadamias can lower cholesterol, making this a superfood we happily welcome into our daily diet.
Fact 2: Macadamia oil enhances skin elasticity
Healthy glowing skin is something most people strive for, but let’s be honest, it’s often easier said than done. Fortunately, the natural oil from the macadamia nut is rich in omega-7 which is renowned for promoting skin elasticity. Not only does omega-7 have anti-inflammatory effects, but it also promotes collagen regeneration, which fights ageing and leaves the skin looking young and fresh.
Fact 3: This hard-shelled nut is still harvested by hand
Macadamias are still harvested by hand in South Africa. Although ripe nuts that fall to the ground can be picked up by machinery, many macadamias are still hand-picked from the trees. The shell of the macadamia is also the hardest in the world. Needless to say, this is one tough nut to crack!
Fact 4: The Macadamia is a rare hidden gem
In 2020, macadamias only made up 1% of global tree nut production. Therefore, it’s no surprise that Macadamias are the rarest nuts in the world and cherished as a delicacy. While there are ten species of macadamia trees, only two produce the edible nuts we enjoy.
Fact 5: Macadamias are the world’s creamiest nuts
With their buttery flavour, Macadamias are the creamiest nuts in the world. You might find it hard to believe, but comparing their healthy fat content to other nuts, quickly proves why Macadamias trump the creamy chart. These exotic nuts with their rich, and buttery flavour are often served as a dessert or paired with chocolate.
Don’t believe us? One luxury confectionary company has done just that, in creating the Macolat.