National Macadamia Day:
Celebrated on September 4th every year. The day is dedicated to macadamia nuts. Reported to be originated from New South Wales and Queensland in Australia.
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Why Macadamia Day?
The day is dedicated to macadamia nuts. Reported to be originated from New South Wales and Queensland in Australia, it is often called as “Hawaii nuts” in the United States since it was planted first in Hawaii Island and introduced to Americans.
The other names of Macadamia nuts are names include Queensland nut, bush nut, maroochi nut and bauple nut. It has vast health benefits, which include Supporting Gut Health, relieving Inflammation and stress, promoting Healthy Fats, Improving Brain Health, in treating Anemia, regulating Metabolism, improving Skin Health and hair strength.
How we can Celebrate National Macadamia Day:
Post about Macadamia using this hashtag #MacadamiaDay on the social media. Try some Macadamia recipes like Blueberry Macadamia Cheesecake, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies, etc. and enjoy this day.
Interesting Facts About Macadamia Day:
In 1828, Alan Cunnigham, an explorer and a botanist, discovered Macadamia Plant. The Scientific name Macadamia was named by Ferdinand von Muller, a German-Australian botanist in the year 1857.He had chosen this name as “Macadamia” to honor the extraordinary works of his friend, Dr. John Macadam, a scientist and Philosophical Institute of Australia’s secretary.
- First, macadamias were introduced to Americans as Ornaments.
- Charles Staff near to New South Wales carried out the first commercial production of Macadamia In the year 1888.
- In 1946, a huge cultivation was established in Hawaii Island.
There are four species of macadamia. Out of which three species, namely Macadamia integrifolia, Macadamia ternifolia, and Macadamia tetraphylla are for human consumption where the species M. jansenii ‘s nuts are toxic since it contains a toxic substance called cyanogenic glycosides.
In 1953, Macadamia nuts were famous in the United States in the name of “Royal Hawaiian”, a brand produced by the famous Cooke, one of the best companies in the Hawaii territories. In 1957, Australia became the Major producer surpassing the United States. Later South Africa beat Australia and has become the largest producer as of 2015. The world’s total production of nuts was estimated to be 160000 tonnes as of 2015.Till date, the largest consumer of macadamia nuts is the United States, which consumes around half of the world’s production. Japan ranks second with 15 percent of the Total consumption.
Macadamias are extremely rich in protein, Vitamin A, iron, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folates. They also constitute a considerable proportion of phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, calcium and magnesium. Macadamias are a great source of antioxidants like flavones, polyphenols, Amino acids and selenium. It is also rich in carbohydrates like maltose, sucrose, fructose, glucose, and some starch-centric carbohydrates.
Few Health benefits of Macadamia nuts:
The presence of monounsaturated fatty acids makes the platelets non-sticky and Promote Heart Health by depriving the risks of Heart attacks and strokes. The bioactive components, macro and micronutrients present in the nuts Improves Blood Sugar Levels and prevent diabetes.
Since these are low in carbohydrates, taking a large amount of macadamia nuts does not have any impact on your weight.
The richness of calcium, magnesium, and potassium Improves Bone Health.
History of Macadamia Day:
The origin and creator of the National Macadamia Day is obscure.