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National Macadamia Nut Month – February 2023

Macadamia nuts are nutritional powerhouses. Regular consumption can potentially have lifelong positive effects — including prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Every February, National Macadamia Nut Month reminds us of their many health benefits, while also showing off their versatility. So this month, get busy with macadamia nuts. That includes cooking, baking, and of course, snacking.

National Macadamia Nut Month timeline

1946
The undisputed nut champion

The owners of Dole Pineapple Company planted their first orchard. This led to Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut, Inc. — currently the largest macadamia nut producer in the world.

1934
Commercial success —finally

Due to issues with growing healthy trees, Ernest Van Tassel wasn't able to successfully process macadamia nuts until this year.

1921
Becoming big business

Ernest Van Tassel, of the Hawaii Macadamia Nut Company, planted his own orchard as a means to sell them commercially.

1881
It's on to Hawaii

After finding macadamia seeds during a trip to Australia, William Purvis, a British plant collector and investor, planted the first macadamia tree on Hawaii’s Big Island.

1857
How this nut got its name

Ferdinand von Mueller, a European botanist, named macadamia trees after John Macadam, an Australian scientist and friend of Mueller.

National Macadamia Nut Month Activities

  1. Make cookies

    Spice up your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe with a healthy sprinkling of macadamia nuts. Just seven ounces of chopped nuts will cover about six dozen cookies. And it only takes about a half-hour to pull off this taste treat.

  2. Host a bake sale

    A warm macadamia nut muffin just sounds perfect in February! Consider donating profits to an organization that supports efforts in the food industry, such as the James Beard Foundation, or Career through Culinary Arts Program, or City Harvest.

  3. Share the goodness

    Bring bags of nuts in for your coworkers to enjoy or let your kids bring in macadamia nut cookies for their classmates and teachers.

Five Reasons To Go Nuts Over All Things Macadamia

  1. Warm weather, please

    Hawaii, Australia, California, Brazil, and South Africa are home to macadamia trees since they do best in a warm climate

  2. Some trees produce poisonous nuts

    Although there are seven types of macadamia trees, only two of them are capable of producing edible nuts; the other five produce nuts that contain high levels of the toxin cyanogenic glycosides, making them poisonous.

  3. They are not a dog’s friend

    Note: Keep them away from dogs. They can cause abdominal and joint pain, as well as limb paralysis.

  4. They could lead to weight gain

    No splurging. One ounce of raw macadamia nuts contains over 200 calories.

  5. They’re a hard nut to crack

    Out of all of the nuts, these have the hardest shell to open — requiring pressure of approximately 300 pounds per square inch.

Why We Love National Macadamia Nut Month

  1. You can use them in a variety of ways

    While totally delicious in their natural state, they’re also pressed into oil for cooking. Not only that, but did you know their oil is used in some cosmetics? You can also use them to make a dairy-free type of cheese — or ground them up into nut butter form.

  2. They pack a nutritious punch

    They contain high levels of monounsaturated fat. That's a good thing because, in moderation, it can help decrease the risks of heart disease and stroke. These nuts also contain palmitoleic acid which can speed up metabolism. And if you aren’t sold yet, eating macadamia nuts will help you meet your vitamin A, iron, protein, and fiber needs — plus, they’re cholesterol free.

  3. Macadamia nuts are a versatile food.

    Whether they’re encrusting meat, incorporated into baked goods or eaten straight out of the bag, their salty, yet buttery taste will leave you satisfied.

National Macadamia Nut Month dates

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