the nut of macadamia It is a seed of an evergreen tree (Macadamia Integrifolia), belonging to the Proteaceae family, native to the eastern part of Australia. It can reach up to 20m in height, although it generally does not exceed 12m. The tree has a bushy, dense, rounded crown and is attractive and used as an ornamental tree.
It is a slow-growing tree that requires between 5 and 7 years to start producing fruit, and reaches maximum productivity at 15 years.
Its fruit is a spherical, creamy-white, edible nut that is found inside a hard, smooth, brown-colored pericarp, which in turn is inside a smooth, green shell, dehiscent when ripe.
It is considered a select fruit that is found in gourmet dishes or often as a healthy snack. Its flavor is reminiscent of coconut and toasted walnut. It has a very pleasant, soft and not floury texture.