Plants and Health

Macadamia: queen of nuts with a thousand virtues

Still called "queensland nuts ", The macadamia nut is the fruit of the" Queensland walnut ".

It is a beautiful evergreen tree, native to the Australian rainforests. macadamiaproduces very richin oilwhose use is foodand cosmetic.

Indeed, it has long been used in cosmetics by Hawaiian women, the macadamia nut has medicinal virtuesunsuspected.

Macadamia, for the record

Discovered 5,000 years ago in Australiabyaborigines, they gave it the name of "Kindal Kindal". They made it the basis of their food.

The macadamia nuts were later rediscovered in 1858 by botanists - Walter Hill and Ferdinand Von Müller - who came to research northeastern Australia.

The same year, the two scientists brought these seeds back to Europe for the first time, and in tribute to their guide (Dr. John MacAdam who had helped identify it). They decided to baptize them "macadamia", hence its etymology.

A tasty fruit, the macadamia nut is now cultivated in Guatemala, New Zealand, Thailand, Brazil, Costa Rica, Kenya, South Africa, San Francisco and of course, Australia.

Characteristics of macadamia nuts

Still called "Macadamia Integrifolia", macadamia is a treeup to 15 meters high. It has elongated, tough leaves edged with widely spaced teeth.

About the macadamia nuts, it is round and has a thick, smooth, marbled brown color and very resistant shell. When ripe, it cracks and reveals a round, white edible almond.

Benefits of macadamia nuts

Oilseed dried fruit containing vitamins (A, B1, B2, E) and unsaturated fatty acids (Omega 3).

It is also rich in fiber, amino acids, proteins, carbohydrates, palmitoleic acid and trace elements.

The macadamia nut is considered the "Queen of Nuts" in Europe.

Renowned for its antioxidant properties and energetic, she allows to :

  • reduce bad cholesterol,
  • prevent type 2 diabetes,
  • fight against fatigue.

Its magnesium, calcium and potassium content contributes to the proper functioning of the heart, kidneys, of the nervous systembut also, to the regulation of blood pressureand the contraction of muscles.

Thanks to the phosphorus, calcium and zinc it contains, macadamia nut helps:

  • renew cells,
  • maintain healthy bones and teeth,
  • ensure the growth of organs and the proper functioning of the immune system.

As for thepalmitoleic acid that Queensland nut oil contains, it provides well-beingand ensures the longevity.

Use of macadamia nut

Contraindicated in people allergic to dried fruits or nuts, macadamia almonds are eaten plain, roasted, sweet or salty in aperitif.

Sometimes caramelized in ice cream, biscuits, cookies, cakesor crushed, they are also very popular in salad.

Cooked, macadamia seeds sometimes go well with rice, fish, seafood or vegetable-based dishes.

For the pleasure of their taste buds, some consume them ground, in the form Butter(or spread).

In cosmetic, macadamia nut oil is known to nourish hairand maintain a healthy skin, sweetand brilliant.

Video: #TheFarmJournal The Macadamia nuts farming. Part 3 (June 2021).