The Macadamia is a native Australian rainforest tree that loves the rich, volcanic soils, subtropical climate and high annual rainfall.
The fruit it produces is "a hard nut to crack", much like black walnuts. Due to the labor involved in shelling the nuts and the tropical environment required to grow them, Macadamias were traditionally more expensive than other nuts. Prices have decreased in the past twenty years due to new cultivators with softer shells and expanded production.
One hundred fifty years after it's discovery, the tree grows commercially in Brazil, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Hawaii, Israel, Kenya, Malawi, Mexico, New Zealand and other tropical & subtropical regions, including Florida.
Macadamia Nut Oil is highly nutritious with the highest level of heart-healthy monosaturated fat of any edible oil, including desirable Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. The high level of antioxidants slows rancity and allows the oil to be kept up to two years without refrigeration. It also has a high smoke point, 450 degrees and retains its unique flavors when used for high-temperature cooking.
Mountain Rose Herbs' Macadamia Oil, from their Epicurean Organic Culinary Oil collection, is made from expeller pressed organic Macadamia nuts. It's pure oil is a unique and decadent treat with the alluring aroma and flavor of the champagne-colored oil, imparting a rich buttery sweetness to any dish.
It's a marvelous oil to infuse with garlic, aromatic basil leaves or spicy red chilies. A wonderful compliment to pasta salads, grilled seafood, omelets, vegetable sautes or as a finishing oil on oven-baked pizza.
Being asked to review several of their Epicurean Organics collection, I chose this oil out of curiosity. My local grocery stores did not carry this oil (I checked) and I love Macadamia Nuts & organic products.
As a family we enjoyed Macadamia Nut Oil in two different ways so far.
First, I took an old vintage bottle and infused some Macadamia Nut Oil with two minced garlic cloves & 2 Tablespoons of basil from our garden. I allowed them to infuse while I cooked some whole wheat pasta & garden veggies. I served the infused oil and a little dish of sea salt on the side for our family to drizzle & then sprinkle on our pasta. Incredible.
Another evening, I made a tropical side salad tossed with pineapple & summer vegetables and tossed & drizzled the Macadamia oil lightly followed with a touch of sea salt. Being a family who enjoys olive oil & coconut oil often, this was such a wonderful and fresh experience. We exchanged looks across the table as we commented to one another how delicious & almost-buttery this tasted. We truly enjoyed this Epicurean experience!
Now it's your turn.......
Macadamia Nut Oil Giveaway!!
Mountain Rose Herbs is generously giving away a free bottle of their Macadamia Nut Oil. All you have to do to enter is just leave me a comment or e-mail. along with an e-mail I may contact you at. I will randomly choose a winner on July 11th.
Blessings From Our Kitchen to Yours,