NATIONAL MACADAMIA NUT DAY
National Macadamia Nut Day on September 4th recognizes a delicious nut found in many baked goods and desserts.
Delectable macadamia nuts have a creamy, buttery taste that adds a subtle richness to everything they grace. These versatile nuts originated in Australia and were named for the physician and chemist, John Macadam, who discovered them. The doctor was also instrumental in the further cultivation of the tree in Australia.
Similar to large evergreens, the macadamia tree grows between 30 and 40 feet high. Although they are native to Australia, most of today’s world supply is grown in Hawaii. Growers first began cultivating macadamia trees in Hawaii in 1921. Indonesia, South Africa, and California also cultivate macadamia commercially.
Like many nuts, macadamia may be eaten raw or roasted. Bakers particularly like to use them in baked goods, such as cookies. They pair exceptionally well with chocolate, too.
Since the macadamia is nutrient-rich, they are known for their health benefits. As with many nuts, macadamias are a valuable source of energy, high in dietary fiber, gluten-free, high in mono-unsaturated fat. They also provide an excellent source of minerals and contain many essential B-complex vitamins.
HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalMacadamiaNutDay
There are many ways to enjoy this day, whether you’re looking for a healthy snack or you want to satisfy your sweet tooth. Grab a handful of macadamia nuts for a snack at your desk or bake them into a batch of cookies. Add some to your salad or mix them in with popcorn while watching a movie. Use #MacadamiaNutDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL MACADAMIA NUT DAY HISTORY
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