To begin with we want to know that our trees reach between 9 and 15 meters high when they are in the process of cultivation, they tend to spread, branch and its branches begin to revistirse of foliage. And it is for this reason that the high bearing trees does not allow the fruits are harvested directly from the plant. Fact that makes the fruits that we deliver to our clients are collected from the ground after the tree naturally shed.
Pickers harvest the nut manually in plastic baskets and then be taken to place that we have to do the process of picking in fiber sacks. This is done weekly on different farms to preserve the quality of Macadamia.
The frequency of collection offers permanence of collectors in different farms, where procurement systems ranging from wages / day, kilos / collected or cooperatives that allow to social security and improve living standards collectors.
When the nut is collected from the ground and called walnut shell. Picking one is done twice a week depending on weather conditions, in order to prevent fungal decay and also they are destroyed by rodents. Macadamia harvested should not be exposed to the sun, since the quality deteriorates almond for its high oil content (70%) (Rincón, 2000).
At the time of harvest walnuts in shell containing from 25 to 30% moisture and 17% carbohydrates, thus to avoid heating of walnuts, green husk is removed within the following 24 hours of collection avoiding damage by fermentation and deterioration of the organoleptic quality of the almond. (Rincón, 2000).
The benefit of Macadamia is husking, select manually and by flotation, dried and stored. At the stage of the pericarp or unshelled green shell that covers the shell that is the hard part of the fruit and coffee is removed. This work should be performed within 24 hours after harvest in order to avoid heating and deterioration of the nut, preventing the development of pathogens that detract from the quality of the nut. Shelled nuts are called wet shell nuts.
At the stage of manual selection black fruits, drilled by insects or by squirrels and immature biches or discarded. In the selection float in water are removed.
The edible part of the macadamia is its almond, creamy white, with exquisite taste and with a diameter ranging between 12 and 20 mm., it contains between 68-76% of natural oil, high in monounsaturated fats , 9% protein, 19% decarbohidratos, 2% dietary fiber and 4% sugar (Del Alba S.A.2006). And it is in this way that we choose the best to give our customers the highest quality in the products we deliver to them.
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