Ingredient of the week: the macadamia nut

Thursday May 12, 2011

Macadamia nuts are arriving in their droves as the new season hits South Africa and Australia.

A much underused but utterly delicious nut, the macadamia lends itself incredibly well to both sweet and savoury dishes.

They were discovered in 1828 by botanist and explorer Alan Cunningham near Brisbane, but it wasn’t until 1882 that the first commercial orchard was created.

A relatively young edible addition to the Western diet then – but a hugely beneficial one.

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