Macadamia Nuts Price Per Pound

You asked for em, we got em! Macadamia nuts in the shell…a serious rare treat! Macadamia nuts have an extremely hard shell that is very difficult to open and are best suited for tropical birds such as Macaws. (Who, by the way, LOVE THEM!) These delicacies taste delicious and can be eaten by people, but just FYI – regular nut crackers will not open macadamia nuts in the shell, and may even break. You must use a nut cracker specifically designed for macadamia nuts. The best storage conditions for in shell macadamias are in an open container that is kept in a dry setting at room temperature. You can also freeze in shell macadamias but you should only pull out what you intend to use immediately, because moisture will form as they thaw which can ultimately lead to rotting of the nut

Description

Macadamia nuts are the most expensive nuts in the world. A one pound bag can cost around $25, almost twice as much as other nuts like almonds, and they’ve been breaking price records year after year. Considered a high-quality dessert nut because of its rich, buttery flavor, macadamia nuts are a popular treat and a trendy import in countries like China and the United States.

But why are macadamia nuts so expensive? The main reason is the slow harvesting process. While there are ten species of macadamia trees, only 2 produce the pricey nuts and it takes seven to 10 years for the trees to even begin producing nuts. The flowering trees originated in northeastern Australia and the nuts were eaten by the Australian aboriginal people. They called the trees “Kindal Kindal,” but British colonists eventually renamed them macadamia, after Dr. John Macadam. Despite originating in Australia, macadamia trees were first commercially grown in Hawaii.

Features of Macadamia Nuts

“Macadamia nuts are originally from Australia, but much of the early research, breeding work, and quality development were done by the University of Hawaii on the island of Hawaii,” says Glenn Sako, economic development specialist with the Hawaii County Department of Research and Development. “These cultivars are suited for the Hawaii climate and do not produce the same high quality nut when grown in foreign conditions.

Benefits of Macadamia Nuts

1) Heart-Healthy Fats: Nearly eighty percent of the fat found in macadamia nuts is monounsaturated, which can help lower LDL cholesterol levels and protect against heart disease. The macadamia nut is one of the few foods that contain palmitoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that may improve fat metabolism and reduce stored body fat.

2) Antioxidant Powerhouse: Just like other nuts and seeds, macadamia nuts are an excellent source of flavonoids (a phytochemical) and tocopherols (vitamin E). These protective antioxidant compounds can reduce the risk for heart disease and other conditions linked to premature aging.

3) Rich in Fiber: A single 1.1 ounce serving of raw macadamia nuts provides three grams of dietary fiber, which is about 11% of the recommended daily value for fiber. The fiber found in macadamia nuts supports a healthy digestive system.

Nutrition facts

Amount per serving% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g27%
Saturated Fat3.5g18%
Trans Fat0.0g
Cholesterol 0.0mg0%
Sodium 0.0mg0%
Total Carbohydrate 4g1%
Dietary Fiber2.0g7%
Sugars0.0g0%
Includes Added Sugars0g
Protein 2.0g
Calcium20.0mg0%
Potassium100.0mg2%
Iron1.0mg6%
Vitamin D0.0mcg0%

Prices of Macadamia Nuts

$1.00-$2.00/ Kilogram

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