National Macadamia Nut Day is celebrated every year on September 4th. Historians, gourmets and culinary experts call macadamia nuts the Australian pearl, which has been known for a huge number of years, but has not yet been appreciated. If you think Australia is just a continent of kangaroos, picturesque scenery, and wildlife, it is time to delve into its history and learn a lot more.
Trees that grow macadamia nuts were originally found in Australia. They belong to a genus comprising four species. Today, the plant has spread throughout the world, but is considered rare and therefore especially valuable. The nuts are used in cooking and cosmetics. The most common dessert is white chocolate cookies with macadamia nuts. Gourmets rightly call it the best sweet with chocolate chips.
- Other names for macadamia are the bauple, maroochi, Hawaii, or the Queensland nut.
- This tree was discovered by Australian Aborigines about 1000 years ago.
- In Europe, the nut appeared in 1828 thanks to Allan Cunningham, but the fruit is not named after him, but after the chemist John McAdam.
- In the late 19th century, trees were planted in Hawaii, not for culinary purposes, but to protect sugar cane plantations from bad weather.
- The macadamia nut is dangerous for dogs, as it contains toxins, but for humans it is a source of vitamins and nutrients.
- These nuts reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease due to the presence of monounsaturated fats.
How to take part
Take the opportunity to grab some tasty and nutritious nuts by going to the store and buying a pack of chocolate-dipped fried nuts. If you want variety, prepare the nuts yourself in different ways. For example, they can be roasted in nut milk, in nut flour, or in cream. Read more about these trees, how they are grown, how they are harvested, and share the information on social networks.
When is National Macadamia Nut Day Celebrated in 2023?
National Macadamia Nut Day is devoted to celebrating cheerfulness and fun. It happens annually on September the 4th.