Fun Facts: Hawaii Macadamia Nuts
· Macadamia nuts are not picked from the tree but are fully ripened when they fall and are then harvested.
· Hawaii’s 700 farms and 8 processing plants employ 4,000 workers.
· The macadamia tree is related to the protea family.
· Total Hawaii macadamia nut farm value in 1999 was $37.4 million.
· Tough nut to crack: it takes 300 lbs. per square inch to break the macadamia nut shell, hardest of all nut shells.
· U.S. is the largest consumer (51%) with Japan following at 15%.
· Macadamia nuts are high in monounsaturated fatty acid (“good” fat) and have been demonstrated to help reduce overall cholesterol levels.
· The Hawaii Macadamia Nut Association’s launching its “100% Hawaii-grown Macadamia Nuts” campaign: “The Hawaiian Macadamia, Grown with Aloha”.
· Virtually all of Hawaii’s macadamia nuts come from the Big Island of Hawaii.
· Nuts are high in minerals and protein and are part of a healthy diet.
· Hawaii growers are the world leaders in cultivation techniques.