Macadamia Nut

Background Info:

  • Indigenous to the eastern shore of Australia
  • Hawaii is the world’s leader in growing and processing macadamia nuts
  • Also called the Queensland Nut

Health Benefits:

  • Contains phytochemicals
    • Antioxidants that are anti-inflammatory
  • Rich in tocotrienols
    • A form of vitamin E that can help lower cholesterol and protect against cancer and help slow mental decline
  • Reduces risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease
  • Can fit into many diets:
    • Mediterranean
    • Plant-based eating
    • Diabetic
    • Keto
    • Paleo
    • Vegan

Nutrition Information (1/4 cup):

  • Calories: 240
  • ย Fat: 26 grams
    • Monounsaturated: 20 grams
    • Saturated fat: 4 grams
  • Sodium: 2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 5 grams
    • Dietary Fiber: 3 grams
    • Sugar: 2 grams
  • Protein: 3 gram
  • Calcium: 28 grams
  • Copper: 0.25 mg
  • Iron: 1 mg
  • Magnesium: 44 mg
  • Manganese: 1 mg
  • Potassium: 123 mg
  • Zinc: 0.44 mg

Taste:

  • Buttery with a soft crunch

Season:

  • Macadamias are available all year round

Choose:

  • If available, vacuum-packed macadamias are the best choice
  • Alternatively, look for macadamias that are plump, crunchy and light-coloured

Store:

  • Because they contain a high level of oil they must be stored carefully to minimize exposure to oxygen and moisture
  • Unopened
    • Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 6 months
    • Freeze for up to 12 months
  • Once opened
    • Store refrigerated in an airtight jar and use within 2 months

Cook:

  • Roast and enjoy as a simple snack
  • Chop and add to cereal, oatmeal, yogurt, or cottage cheese for breakfast
  • Sprinkle over salads, soups, or stir fry for a healthy crunch
  • Make macadamia butter for a nourishing spread or dip
  • Great addition to desserts such as a fruit crumble

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