Native to Australia, the macadamia tree is now cultivated in other countries including Hawaii and South Africa—a rare example of a native Australian plant becoming a worldwide commercial food crop. Inside its thick, hard shell, the nut has a waxy texture and a buttery, sweet taste.
Instead of being picked from the tree, macadamia nuts are harvested when they ripen fully in late spring and summer and naturally fall to the ground. Because of their extremely hard shells, the nuts are usually sold already shelled and whole, either raw or roasted. Look for light-colored nuts without blemish or discoloration.
If still in their shells, macadamia nuts can be kept in a cool, dark place for several months. Shelled macadamia nuts should be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place and consumed as soon as possible after purchase. For longer storage, keep them in an airtight plastic container in the fridge for up to 6 months, or the freezer for up to a year.
Enjoy roasted and salted or spiced macadamia nuts as a snack with drinks. Use unsalted nuts in cookies, cakes, pastries, confectionery, and ice cream, as well as in salads, stuffings for poultry, and other savory dishes.
Chicken, bananas, toffee, coconut, chocolate, maple syrup.
Macadamia-crusted chicken; Hawaiian macadamia nut pie.
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