by Karen Bates
(last updated April 17, 2017)
Many people enjoy different kinds of nuts because of their crunch and flavor. Adding nuts to recipes or just eating them by themselves can make a delicious and nutritious snack. Many kinds of nuts offer protein as well as vitamins, and add a distinct flavor to desserts as well as other kinds of food.
There are many kinds of nuts available. One of the best known and most often used of these is peanuts, but others like almonds and walnuts are also very popular and are eaten often. Because of their versatility, many people love to snack on and cook with different kinds of nuts.
One very unique kind of nut is the macadamia. Macadamia nuts, while not as well known as other kinds of nuts, are delicious and can be enjoyed in many ways. In fact, you can substitute macadamias in many recipes that call for other nuts to create a distinctive and interesting dish.
Macadamia nuts are round, white colored nuts that have a hard shell. The nuts are, often already shelled when you find them in stores. Although these nuts are synonymous with Hawaii, they did not actually originate there. Macadamia nuts were first found in Australia, and then were transported to other places. Eventually, Hawaii was found to have the perfect growing conditions for the Macadamia tree, and this location has been a huge producer of macadamia nuts since.
You can find macadamia nuts on the store shelf already shelled and salted, or you can choose an unsalted variety. These nuts are great to eat by themselves, but they are also wonderful as part of a recipe. Macadamia nuts are well known as an ingredient in cookies, but you can get creative and try them with other kinds of food. Because of their sweet flavor, macadamias work well in desserts or could even be tossed into a trail mix as a unique and delicious touch.
After purchasing macadamia nuts, be sure to properly store them to ensure they don't go rancid. This is partially due to their high fat content. To store these nuts, keep them in a sealed container in the refrigerator for best results.
Because of their wonderful flavor and unique taste, macadamia nuts are much loved all around the world. If using other kinds of nuts in recipes seems boring, try to shake things up by using macadamias instead to create the perfect enticing treat.
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