Macadamia nuts, from the Macamanian tree, are native to Australia and grow in one of the hardest nutshells to crack! They’re small with a creamy-white colour and a buttery flavour. Their gentle nuttiness makes them a tasty addition to desserts, salads and vegetables.
Although small, these nuts are rich in vitamin A, folate, thiamin, niacin and zinc. They’re a great choice to protect your body with antioxidants, enhance gut health and assist brain function.
Nutritional benefits of macadamia nuts
Macadamia nuts are deliciously nutritious and perfect to replace sweet treats. Check out a few of their health benefits below.
High in vitamin A - Macadamia nuts contain a high percentage of vitamin A, vital for good eyesight. Vitamin A also increases the health of your essential organs, such as the heart, lungs, liver and kidneys.
Rich in folate - Folate aids cell development, including everything from your brain to your muscles. It also increases cell turnover, making these nuts an excellent option for skin cell renewal.
Contains vitamin B1 - Vitamin B1 helps balance the nervous system, which controls your cortisol levels. When your cortisol is too high (usually from stress), your body goes into fight or flight mode, and you may experience irritability or a racing heart. Therefore, adding macadamia nuts to your diet may help if you're stressed or anxious.
Good source of vitamin B3 - Macadamia nuts have a high percentage of vitamin B3 - which is essential to change food into energy. If you are tired, it may be because your body hasn’t converted nutrients sufficiently, so try eating some macadamia nuts.
Abundant in zinc - Zinc enhances your immune system, enabling your body to fight off harmful bacteria and recover more quickly from illness.
Easy ways to eat macadamia nuts
If you’re unsure how to eat macadamia nuts, check out our suggestions below. These are only a few ideas, and there are many more.
Consume raw as a snack - The most straightforward way to eat macadamia nuts is to eat them as they are. Their buttery flavour makes them an excellent option for a nutritious snack without needing prep.
Make macadamia nut cookies - If you haven’t tried macadamia nut cookies, then it’s time you do! They’re an excellent replacement for chocolate chips so that you can enjoy a sweet treat with some health benefits.
Whip up macadamia nut butter - These small nuts make a delicious buttery spread on toast. You can also add a tablespoon to smoothies for a rich and creamy texture.
Try them caramelised - Make homemade sweets by caramelising macadamia nuts in honey, maple syrup, or sugar.
Add to a trail mix - Macadamia nuts are a fantastic addition to a trail mix. They pair wonderfully with nuts that have a bitter tang, balancing out the flavours.
We have carefully selected our macadamia nuts so they are high quality. Try them plain, roasted or as a macadamia mix.