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Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia Nuts
The Big Island is the state's leading producer of macadamia nuts with over 96% of the state's total production and valued at about $31 million per year. Total acreage devoted to macadamia nut orchards is around 20,000, of which over 6,000 acres are bearing nuts. The nut was introduced in Hawaii in the early 1870s and has been in commercial production since 1948. Macadamia nuts are grown extensively in all districts of the Big Island. The nuts are available roasted, chocolate covered, with caramel or honey, as condiments for ice cream, cookies, cakes and other pastries, or flavoring for coffee, liqueur or essence. Macadamia nuts are sold in stores everywhere and several companies offer factory tours.


 

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