It is little wonder that a food as crunchy and buttery as macadamias has its own special day on which the world can indulge all their sensory foodie desires with these delectable nuts. On the 4th of September, World Macadamia Day presents an opportunity to celebrate this iconic South African nut, and the farmers who produce them.
Although the nut hails from Australia, South Africa is the largest producer of macadamia nuts in the world. South Africa has much to be proud of in terms of macadamia nut production: the sector employs nearly 30 000 people across the value chain. Over 700 farmers grow the nuts, with growing regions expanding rapidly across the country. The largest concentration of growers is in the Mpumalanga Lowveld, Limpopo and
KwaZulu-Natal. Representing growers in all these regions, Marquis Macadamias is proud to be able to support growers in processing and marketing of their nuts to over 45 countries.
While the jury is out on how best to enjoy macadamia nuts – many will find it hard to leave enough nuts in a pack to bake with after tasting the first bite – here is a moreish tea-time recipe to add to the celebration:
Macadamia Nut Pie
- 1 ready made pie crust, pressed into a pie dish
- 3 large eggs
- 1 cup syrup or honey
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups chopped macadamia nuts (roasted, unsalted)
In a bowl, beat the eggs, syrup, sugar, butter and vanilla until combined. Stir in the nuts. Pour into crust.
Bake at 160°C for 50-55 minutes or until centre is set and the top is golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
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Words, recipe and images: Target Communications