“National Macadamia Nut Day” is celebrated each year on September 4. This is a great day to enjoy the buttery and nutty taste, aroma and texture of this delectable nut.
Macadamia nuts are native to Australia and were introduced into the United States specifically to Hawaii in the year 1881. People seem to relate to the state of Hawaii and macadamia nuts both as tropical where the nuts seem to thrive with the weather conditions that are usual to the state. The entire world gets more than 95 percent of the macadamia nut crop from Hawaii.
When the nuts are ready to be harvested they fall to the ground. Once they have fallen farmers can be sure those nuts have fully ripened.
Macadamia nuts are a sweeter yet have a savory and buttery flavor to them. These nuts are low in saturated fats, high in overall fat and contain no cholesterol. Because of the high fat content these nuts should never sit on the pantry shelf but instead be refrigerated to retain a longer shelf life.
The shells of this nut are very hard and tough to crack open. The Hyacinth Macaws is one of the few animals able to shell the nuts without any trouble.
Macadamia nuts when chopped measure out the same in recipes as almonds, pecans or Brazil nuts. They are added to many recipes and bring a delicious flavor and crunch to desserts they intermingle with. These nuts can be toasted but the process has to be monitored closely. Macadamia nuts tend to soften very quickly because of all the oils and fats they contain and can turn to a buttery paste very quickly.
Enjoy making a delicious cake for dessert this evening to celebrate National Macadamia Nut Day and incorporate them into an easy to follow upside down cake. Make it a tropical delight knowing the nuts come from Hawaii as well as the pineapple used to sweeten and glaze the cake top.
Macadamia nuts are poisonous or toxic to dogs so don’t let any cake crumbs or cookies fall their way!
Enjoy National Macadamia Nut Day!
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