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Say ‘Aloha’ to the world’s most luxurious nut, hailing from the tropical islands of Hawaii, you’ll be doing the hula for Macadamias. Origin South Africa.
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Macadamia nuts are regarded as the world’s finest nuts. Their rich, smooth, creamy texture is buttery and luxurious, and adds a decadent flavour to any recipe and are high in Vitamin A and iron. Macadamia nuts are small creamy coloured nuts with a distinctive flavour and texture that come from macadamia nut trees that are grown in tropical climates of Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, Kenya, New Zealand and South Africa.
Their delicate flavour and crunchy texture makes them a delicious to eat alone and added to any recipes when you want a rich creamy buttery texture. The nuts grow in extremely hard kernels which are very difficult to crack open. This is one of the reasons why macadamia nuts are so costly, since they are challenging to shell. Once cracked, the shell reveals an ivory colored kernel which is rich in oil with a buttery, creamy flavor. The nuts may be eaten raw, roasted, or ground into nut butter. Many people pair macadamia nuts with white chocolate in confectionary, and they can also be found in nut mixes and other desserts.
Macadamia nuts are loaded with vitamins like vitamin E, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin, pantothenic acid (B5) and folate, and minerals such as potassium, phosphorus, magnesium and calcium. They are a rich source of Vitamin A, iron, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. They also contain moderate amounts of zinc, copper, calcium, phosphorus, potassium and magnesium. Macadamias contain antioxidants like polyphenols, Amino acids, flavones and selenium which have anti-aging properties and help us stay young and fit.
When eaten regularly they can help prevent heart disease. Macadamia are 100% cholesterol free and are highly beneficial to reduce cholesterol level (2). These nuts are rich in healthy monounsaturated fats which are said to be cardio protective by reducing cholesterol level and help to clean the arteries. Macadamia also lowers the level of triglycerides, which is a kind of body fat and reduces the risk of coronary disease.
Another health benefit of macadamia comes from their high flavonoid content. Flavonoids, which are found naturally in these plants help to prevent cells from damage and protects from environmental toxins. These flavonoids convert into antioxidants in our body. These antioxidants search and destroy free radicals and protect our bodies from various diseases.
Macadamia nuts are high in protein and minerals like Phosphorus which plays a variety of roles including bone and teeth mineralization, metabolism, absorption and transportation of nutrients. Calcium also helps in the formation of teeth and bones. Manganese in macadamia helps the body to deposit new bone tissue, so that the skeleton stays strong as you age. Omega 3 prevents osteoporosis and reduces the severity of arthritis.
So these lovely little crunchy gems have lots of health benefits. Their oil is use now widely used for cooking and making a rich and opulent salad dressing, and the nut alone can be made into the most fabulous nut butter when blended in a high speed processor. Peanut butter eat your heart out! They work beautifully in raw food recipes, adding a decadent crunch to ice creams and cake crusts. They are sweeter and larger than many nuts are commonly used in recipes for cakes, confectionery, ice cream, salads, roasts and casseroles to enhance the flavour. Start adding them to your normal recipes to add a nutritionally packed and decadent taste that you and your family will love!
Per 134g serving:
All figures are approximate and can vary.
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