First My story - Peter Johnson (inventor of the Maccawakka
Right from a little kid in Australia (at least in the generation before Play-stations), we would be climbing trees all over the neighbourhood and one of the trees that is common on the east coast of australia between Sydney and North Queensland is the Amazing Macadamia Nut tree.
"We loved the nuts to throw at each other in war games but not the spiky leaves"
Watch the Spiky Leaves on Macadamia nut trees
Mind you the leaves on the tree are quite spiky and so it was one that we paid careful attention to stay away from the spikes. However when they are in season and the nuts are all over the ground under a big tree, Well it was like heaven. Find a rock and smash nuts until your fingers bleed .....
Of course now days kids are to precious to be allowed to use something as dangerous as a rock (Sarcasm in case you missed it) .... Oh the good old days, well my children can attest to the fact that I did not let them have any electronic goods until they could pay for them themselves and not before 15 years old (Sorry I am just that kind of dad, you know the one who loves his kids to much to buy crap for them).
Anyway that is why for the last ten years of my life I have had at least one fruiting Macadamia nut tree in my yard. When the kids were bored and wanted to watch TV, I would tell them, "When the sun is out and so the son is out" and send them off to use their brains and entertain themselves. One one the thing they learned to enjoy doing was hunting for Macadamia nuts too...
So I have shared a story here with you about this beloved tree and I would love to hear your stories too.
Feel free to post them on my facebook page for all the mixed nuts in the world and let's see what happens when people talk honestly about things they care about.
Macadamia Nuts actually have two protective shells.
The picture on the right is a picture of the Australian Macadamia Nut in the 3 stages, In the outer Husk, in the Shell and after they have been cracked. This outer husk is actually quite hard to remove too but of course that part is normally done before they end up in the shop. The husk dries and splits as the nut ages on the tree and then by the time it falls to the ground it is normally much easier to remove the husk if it has not already fallen off the hard inner shell.
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In the mean time I have put some things together on this site but it has only just started, so please help me by telling me what direction you would like to see it go in the comments on my facebook page and if you have any valuable insights about these nuts or any nuts I would love to hear them.
Macadamia Nuts are great,
I just love em but where did Macadamia nuts come from ?
What is the global production of macadamia nuts as of 2015?
As of 2015 the global production of macadamia nuts was 160,000 tonnes
Has the Macadamia nut had other names?
The Macadamia nut was first called the Bauple Berry after the aboriginal name for the area in which it was discovered. It later became known as the Queensland nut when we started to export it to the other states. After this as Australians exported the Macadamia nuts to Hawaii as early as 1910 and Hawaii was the worlds biggest producer until about 2010 when South Africa became the worlds biggest producer of macadamia nuts.
Why did Australia export our nuts to be grown in Hawaii ?
Did Australia ever produce more macadamia nuts than the rest of the world?
Well since 1937 when Winston Jones and J. H. Beaumont of the University of Hawaii's discovered how to graft our macadamia nuts, it opened the way for commercial production of this delicious nut. From about then up until 1997 Hawaii was the worlds largest producer until Australia finally got its act together and started to produce our own commercial qualities. This success did not last long with South Africa taking the lead in 2010 but now I think China or Vietnam would be the would leader if the truth be told.