Macadamias the Healthy Nut

macadamia-nut-heart3aMacadamias are considered to be the world’s finest nut and are the only native Australian plant to become an international food. Their delicate flavour, versatility and crunchy texture make them a delight to consume. Also they contain a range of nutritious and health promoting constituents and form an important part of a healthy diet. A balanced diet containing macadamias promotes good health, longevity and a reduction in degenerative diseases.

The good news is you don’t have to think about breaking your diet by eating macadamias. There is increasing evidence that they have a positive effect on many aspects of our health in addition to being full of important nutrients including monounsaturated fats, proteins, dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins, anti-oxidants, and phyotochemicals. Agrimac Macadamias are gluten free, non-genetically modified, and contain no cholesterol or trans-fatty acids.

It is hard to believe that something that tastes so great could be healthy too, but it’s true! The following summarises the main research findings into the health benefits of macadamias.

HEALTH BENEFITS

  • Very high proportion of monounsaturated fat
  • Help lower blood cholesterol levels
  • May reduce the incidence of heart disease
  • High in fibre
  • No cholesterol
  • Contain vitamins, minerals and protein that are essential in a healthy diet

Featured Recipe

Fettucine with Macadamia Paremsan Gremolata

Fettucine

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

Macadamia parmesan gremolata
1 cup raw macadamias
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Handful flat leaf parsley leaves
1/3 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Fettucine
2 chicken breast fillets
Grated zest of 1/2 lemon
500g fettucine
1-2 tablespoons macadamia oil
1/4 cup white wine
3 cups diced pumpkin, roasted
Salt and pepper

Method

Preheat oven to 200°C.

To make the gremolata:  Put all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until crumbly.  Set aside.

To make the fettucine:  Cook the pasta according to directions on packet.  Drain.  Heat 1-2 tablespoons of macadamia oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat.  Add chicken and cook for 5 to 6 minutes each side or until cooked.  Slice into thin strips and set aside.  Deglaze the pan with the wine, add the pumpkin and chicken and pasta and toss to heat through.

Serve, topped with the macadamia parmesan gremolata.

TIP:  Serve macadamia parmesan gremolata in place of parmesan cheese on salads and pasta!

For more recipes and health facts about macadamias please visit the Australian Macadamia Society website.