Macadamia Nuts


Macadamia nuts are plentiful on Oahu. A ripe, harvested nut looks like this:

Ripe, harvested macadamia nuts.

Ripe, harvested macadamia nuts.

The crack open this nut, Mother Nature has given you a hint: look for the small white-ish dot and apply pressure there. Special nut crackers can be used or a direct hit with a hammer will work.

Macadamia nuts are large and a great resource of oil. The nuts and their outer shells remind me of hazelnuts, sometimes known as filberts, except macadamia nuts are bigger than hazel nuts.

Here are some cracked open macadamia nuts.

Opened macadamia nuts on the left and empty shells on the right

Opened macadamia nuts on the left and empty shells on the right

These nuts offer an oil that is high in oleic acid and is very shelf stable.

I’m going to share 3 recipes with you that focus on Macadamia Nut Oil. Because macadamia oil has shown to be helpful to the skin for UV protection, I am going to make a lip balm. I’m also making a massage oil which can be used as a face and skin oil to moisturize the skin. And lastly, I will be making macadamia pancakes. I know that isn’t cosmetic related, but I liked the pancakes and French Toast from Boots & Kimo’s in Kailua. Their mac sauce is yummy. While I can’t duplicate their dreamy sauce, I can make pancakes.

Aloha!

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Andee

Macadamia nut cracker ready to be used.

Macadamia nut cracker ready to be used.

Cracked macadamia in the nut cracker.

Cracked macadamia in the nut cracker.

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About Andee

I'm a twenty something soap snob. I've grown up with hand made soaps and I love them! I really like making lotions, soaps and perfumes. I adore mixing scents to come up with something new. My favorite scent is either Wicked or Cotton Candy. I tend to hoard fragrances, I even have an Earl Grey Tea from the MMS catalog. I won't tell you how old it is, but it sure is good!

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