NJ Paleo Girl's Fun Macadamia Nut Facts:
• It takes approximately 300psi to crack a Macadamia nut. That is why they are so expensive, and you thought it was because they were so yummy.
• When chopped, the nuts resemble crack cocaine in color, they are often used by law enforcement to simulate cocaine in drug stings
• Perhaps the most unique use reported for macadamia nuts is in the treatment of sexual phobias, they are used as sexual tonics.
• Macadamia husks are generally returned to the field as mulch or used for compost material.
• In a Simpsons cartoon episode Homer and Marge want to get rid of Santa's Little Helper after the dog eats their special macadamia nut cookies.
• Because the macadamia nut shell is so hard it is ground up and used as a high power blaster for polishing aluminum and other metals.
• Macadamia nuts are native to Australia. They are named for John Macadam, a Scottish born physician and chemist who promoted the nuts cultivation in Australia.
• The Macadamia was introduced into Hawaii around 1881although the first commercial orchards of macadamias were not planted until 1921.
• Australia is now the world's largest commercial producer - at approximately 40,000 tons of nut in shell per year, with a total global production of 100,000 tons.
• Macadamia nuts are harvested by hand after they fall to the ground.
• Macadamia Nut oil content can be as high as 80%.
• Macadamias are toxic to dogs.
• Macadamia oil is prized for containing approximately 22% of the omega-7 palmitoleic acid. This relatively high content of "cushiony" palmitoleic acid plus macadamia's high oxidative stability make it a desirable ingredient in cosmetics, especially skincare.
• The macadamia tree and does not begin to produce commercial quantities of nuts until it is 7–10 years old, but once established, may continue bearing nuts for over 100 years.
• A mature tree will produce 60 to 150 pounds of nuts a year.
• Macadamia nuts are often fed to Hyacinth Macaws in captivity. These large parrots are one of the few animals, aside from humans, capable of cracking and shelling the nut.
Macadamia Nut Recipes:
Macadamia nut hummus
• 1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts
• 2 tbsp lemon juice
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 clove garlic
• About 1/2 tsp sea salt
1. Place the nuts, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic in a food processor and process to breakup the nuts somewhat. Add the sea salt.
2. Add about 1/2 cup water and process again until smooth. Add more water if the mixture is too thick.
3. Taste for seasoning and add more lemon juice or sea salt if needed.
4. Place in the refrigerator to chill for about 30 minutes before enjoying.
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