Will The Real Nut Please Stand Up?
As you are probably well aware, macadamia nuts are a prevailing crop here in Hawaii. In the islands they are available everywhere, and are commonly seen in markets and on restaurant menus gracing salads, sauces, pestos, and such. I don’t think I ever ate a mac nut on the mainland – although I am sure somewhere you can find the macs that are processed by the big corporate brands. But have you ever tastes a freshly-picked, crisp, raw, organic macadamia? There’s nothing like it.
So where do you get them then?
Buy direct from small farms that are committed to sustainable practices. One of my favorite places to get macadamias is from Kuaiwi Farm in Captain Cook (Big Island). Their macs are hand picked, then washed and dried at 105 degrees for 4 to 5 days – a process that renders a protein-rich nut with all of its omega-3 oils intact. You can buy whole nuts or butter – and don’t even get me started on the butter.