About Nudgel Nuts
NudgelNuts are grown in the picturesque fertile valley known as "The Pocket", in Billinudgel, Northern New South Wales, Australia. Situated in the macadamia growing area of the Northern Rivers, the property is just south of the Queensland border and a short drive to the tourist Mecca of Byron Bay.
The first trees were planted in 1997, followed in 1998 and 2000 by further plantings, with the most recent being in 2005.
The property covers 200 acres and also runs beef cattle and a herd of elite alpacas.
The property has been in the Baker family for over a hundred years and has produced a variety of produce over this period including dairy, bananas, mangoes and paw paw.
We practice environmentally friendly and sustainable farming, with minimum exposure to pesticides and other sprays.
We only use the best quality premium macadamia nuts.
History and Botany of Macadamia Nuts
Macadamias were found by explorer Alan Cunningham in 1828. In the 1850s the genus was named by Ferdinand von Mueller and Walter Hill after Dr John McAdam, a prominent scientist of the time.
They were taken in the early part of the 1900s to Hawaii. The industry grew and the nut became popular in the United States of America, giving rise to the myth that the nut is a native of Hawaii.
Macadamias are native to the subtropical rainforests on the east coast of Australia and were found in the rainforest pockets of south east Queensland and and the Northern Rivers area of New South Wales.
The Macadamia Tree
Macadamias grow on a medium sized evergreen tree of the Proteaceae family. The leaves are dark green and may vary in colour depending on the variety.
Flowers appear annually in racemes and have at that time a heady perfume. The fruit has a dark green husk inside of which is a very hard brown shell.
Inside the shell is the creamy white kernel, which is good for us because it is rich in monounsaturated fatty acid oils - highly recommended as part of a healthy balanced diet.
Nutritional Information for Macadamia Nuts
Macadamias are a high energy food containing no cholesterol. The natural oils in macadamias contain 78% mono-unsaturated fats, the highest level of any oil including olive oil.
Macadamia nuts (raw kernel) per 100gm serve:
Dietary fibre 7.0g