Macadamia; why is it expensive? Calorie content and chemical composition of macadamia. Valuable properties, harm, and contraindications for use. How the most expensive nut in the world. Kindal recipes and interesting facts about it.
Is macadamia good for health?
No matter how hard you try, you will find no mention of the dangers of macadamia. The only moment that can warn you is individual intolerance. And even that is extremely rare.
We can use the nut for everyone – young people, adults, children with an incomplete vital system, and older adults with worsening chronic diseases. Even pregnant and lactating mothers can eat it, as macadamia contains components that are the basis of breast milk.
The only rule that follows is the rule of moderation. The uniqueness of the product should not tempt you. Hurry in earnest and consume it in large quantities if this is a new product for you.
Start with a few nuts a day and see how you react. If tolerated, consume no more than 30 grams – 15 nuts. It is enough to get a good health effect and enjoy the culinary delicacy of the nut.
How is macadamia eaten?
The taste of the nut is incomparable. It resembles a hazelnut but has a more robust, distinctive flavor, with a sweet-tart shade.
It is recommended to eat it raw, without additives. The calorie content of macadamia is so high that it becomes an excellent choice for a complete meal.
Tasting this nut with salt is considered a bad behavior among gourmets. There are cheaper varieties to “decorate with beer” – nuts, pistachios, and hazelnuts.
If you want to prepare a delicious dish, combine macadamia with seafood. If you like sweets, glaze the nuts with sugar or dip them in melted chocolate.
Alcohol will perfectly turn on the taste of the nut. The classic combination is to serve macadamias with dessert wines and liqueurs.
The high cost of the product does not allow its active use in cooking.
However, there are still some well-known macadamia recipes:
- Baked beef … Grind in a grinder or crush 1 teaspoon of black and pink peppercorns in a mortar. Grind 100 g of macadamia nuts in a mixer, add them to the pepper and pour the mixture on a wooden board. Take 500-600 beef tenderloin; wash it, and dry with a towel. Roll the mussels vigorously in a mix of paprika and hazelnuts, send to a hot pan and “seal the meat” by frying on all sides. Wrap the meat in foil and place in an oven heated to 220 ° C for 10 minutes. Serve with melted butter.
- Paneer fish … Dry fry 20 g of coconut in a hot pan without oil for a few minutes. Cut redfish into large pieces – trout, salmon, salmon. Season with salt and pepper. Mix 100 g breadcrumbs and 20 g macadamia nuts in a mixer. Dip the fish in the egg, then in the pan. Remove everything that remains from the pan, brush with butter and fry the fish. When it is almost ready, pour 100 ml of dry white wine over it, clean it, and put it on a plate with salad leaves. Sprinkle with finely chopped macadamia nuts. Serve chilled.
- Fried cheese … Take 100 g of macadamia nuts, grind them lightly, and fry in olive oil. Boil the green beans until half cooked. Fry the goat cheese in a pan in butter until golden brown. In a bowl, combine 200 g of fresh arugula with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil, 1 teaspoon of mustard, 1 tablespoon of lemon juice, and 1 large slice of avocado. Put the mixture on a plate, put cheese on top, and sprinkle with nuts.
- Fresh salad … Grind the following ingredients in the sauce with a blender: 10 macadamia nuts, 1 garlic clove, one medium-sized cucumber with skin, 1 celery stalk, and 2 teaspoons hemp oil. Put 100 g of the fine salad leaf mixture on a plate. If the leaves are large, it is better to break them by hand rather than cut them with a knife. Top with 2 celery stalks and 1 sizeable peeled apple, cut into thin slices. Pour the sauce over, stirring gently. Sprinkle with chopped walnuts.
- Chocolate dessert … Mix 100 g of butter with 4 tablespoons of icing sugar. Gradually add 1 cup of flour and 100 g of crushed macadamia nuts. Melt 200 g of chocolate in a water bath, and add a tablespoon of butter and 2 tablespoons of waffle crumbs. Line a baking sheet with foil, and place slides of one tablespoon of chocolate-waffle mixture on it. Place a macadamia nut on each slide. Put the baking sheet in the freezer for 20 minutes. Take the drops out of the freezer, roll them in the dough to completely cover the chocolate with nuts, and place them in a candy or muffin tin. Bake in an oven heated to 180 ° C for 10-15 minutes. Cool the cakes in the refrigerator, and sprinkle with brown sugar.
- Glazed Nuts … Take 1 chicken egg, and separate the whites from the yolk. Beat the protein with a pinch of salt and 100 g of sugar with a mixer into a stiff foam. Put 500 g of macadamia in the mass, and mix. Heat the oven to 200 ° C. Pour 4 tablespoons of melted butter into an ovenproof dish, and send the nuts into it. Glaze for 20 minutes. Remove and let cool.
Interesting facts about macadamia
When Europeans arrived in Australia, they liked the nut so much that macadamia immediately became the currency of trade with the local aborigines. But collecting large crops was impossible – the walnut is quite challenging to harvest. It is estimated that around 150 kg of nuts can be harvested by hand per day. If you subtract the green rind and then also the hard shell, the yield of the product itself is meager.
Serious progress in this matter occurred when Australian inventors created the machine for harvesting macadamia, which can collect up to 3 tons of crop per day. It increased the supply of walnuts to the US, Europe, and Russia but did not make it much cheaper.
In addition, the nut is rather tricky to open. It is almost impossible to do this manually, as the shell is tough and the nut is soft and often deforms when opened. There are also special tools for this. All this, combined with its unique gastronomic and medicinal properties, makes macadamia the most expensive nut in the world.
Macadamia oil is absorbed by culinary experts, beauticians, and doctors. It belongs to the highest class of cooking oil, but due to its high cost, it is practically not used in food. It makes much more sense to use it for medical purposes or in cosmetology to make creams, shampoos, and masks. Macadamia oil is often added to products for dry, damaged skin prone to cracks, frostbite, and cracks. This ingredient is also used in burn preparations and soothing lotions after the sun.
But despite all the uniqueness, benefits, and significance for the human body, macadamia is wholly forbidden to be eaten by dogs. Scientists have not determined which part of the nut causes allergies. Still, dogs become significantly weaker after taking the product and may even die.
Unfortunately, macadamia is extremely rare in Russian stores. The reason is the high cost. Due to its high-fat content, the nut quickly takes on the taste of old butter. Therefore, such a product cannot be left in the window. However, you can buy macadamia to order or bring on a trip. If you have such an opportunity, take advantage of it because its unique taste and health benefits are worth paying for.