They are the original Aussie superfood that we should eat more of. Originating 60 million years ago in the rainforest on the eastern seaboard of Australia, macadamias are completely home-grown and as Aussie as they come.
Not only are they delicious, they are incredibly healthy. Macadamias are rich in monounsaturated fats (similar to those in olive oil) and naturally free of trans-fats. Macadamias also contain phytochemicals such as antioxidants that help maintain health and wellbeing, fibre to maintain digestive regularity, as well as protein, vitamins and minerals.
Just one handful provides one third of the recommended daily dose of thiamine (vitamin B1), which is an important vitamin for releasing the energy from food, and necessary for the normal functioning of the heart and nervous system.
Looking to incorporate more macadamias into your diet? As an ingredient they are extremely versatile. Eat them raw from the shell or dry roasted for an easy and healthy snack. They can also be used to enhance the flavour of cakes, salads, roasts and casseroles. Why not try our macadamia chai spiced cheesecakes as a healthier dessert option this festive season?