Did you know that it takes 7 years after a macadamia tree is planted for it to produce fruit (the nut)? But, once they begin producing fruit, they remain productive for 100 years!!
You may know little about macadamia nuts, but they are actually one of the most sought-after nuts in the world. Along with being a food source, the husk can also be used as fertilizer, the oil can be used in soaps, shampoos and conditions, and the rest can be used as animal feed. This make this nut very versatile.
Today is National Macadamia Nut Day and the perfect time to learn more about this nut and all it has to offer.
One ounce of macadamia nuts (approximately 10 – 12 nuts) contains 210 calories, 4 grams of carbohydrates, 2 grams of protein and 21 grams of fat, most of which is the healthy monounsaturated kind. They also contain:
- Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, both of which are essential fats your body needs. They do contain more omega-3 fatty acids, which are anti-inflammatory and aid in heart health.
- Fiber, which aids in gut health and keeping you feeling fuller for longer.
- Phosphorus, magnesium and manganese, which work together to keep your teeth and bones strong.
- Copper, which plays an important role in your connective tissues, hair, and eyes!
- Antioxidants such as vitamin E and selenium, which help to prevent damage to the cells in your body.
5 Ways to Enjoy Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts have a sweet flavor which adds a different flavor profile when compared with other nuts. They are the perfect nutrient-dense nut that can be enjoyed as a snack or added to meals
- Raw. Macadamia nuts can be eaten raw, however their shell is extremely tough and hard to crack. It will be best to buy macadamia nuts that are already removed from their shell!
- Trail mix. These nuts can be added to your homemade trail mix along with raisins and mini dark chocolate chips. Their sweet profile will make this a delicious snack.
- Baked goods. Add macadamia nuts into baked goods, such as zucchini bread, muffins and cookies. They’ll add a delicious crunch and sweetness to your food that everyone will enjoy.
- Bread crumbs. Crush macadamia nuts in a food processor and mix them with Panko crumbs and coat mahi mahi, sea bass filets, or even chicken. This will add a sweet flavoring to your food that you’ll wish you tried sooner.
- Crumble on salads. Add a crunch to your salad by topping with chopped up macadamia nuts. You can even mix macadamia nuts with walnuts for a delicious topping with a ton of flavor. Both nuts can go with almost everything, so they’ll fit perfectly into a salad.
Macadamia nuts can be added to anything. You can really let your creativity shine when it comes to making dishes with this nut. You may surprise yourself when you find that you love macadamia nuts in your favorite dish.
Your turn to take action: What’s your favorite way to enjoy macadamia nuts? Let me know in the comments below!