Macadamia Nut Flavored Syrup: Facts & Musings
We currently have six different nut-flavored syrups in our line-up, but one of our favorites of late has been Amoretti Premium Macadamia Syrup. In the last month, we’ve shared two different recipes that show off the complex characteristics of its rich taste (see the links at the bottom of this post).
While the macadamia nut has been getting a lot of attention around here as a unique beverage syrup, we thought we should take some time to focus on the macadamia nut proper.
Boost Your Macadamia Nut Knowledge
- The macadamia nut tree comes from Australia, and was named by Baron Sir Ferdinand Jakob Heinrich Von Mueller, a gentlemen in possession of quite the long name. He chose to name the tree after his friend Dr. John Macadam. Thankfully, we don’t have to sell a nut-flavored syrup called the Premium Heinrich-Von-Muelleria Syrup. We prefer the simple and euphonious ‘Macadamia’.
- Hawaii is the macadamia nut capital of the world. The state grows 90% of the world’s macadamia nut supply.
- Interestingly enough, Hawaii never even had a macadamia nut tree until 1882, when the first one was planted on the Big Island. Today, the islands are covered with macadamia nut farms.
- Though the macadamia nut tree arrived in Hawaii in 1882, it wasn’t until 39 years later (1921) that the first macadamia plantation was established in Hawaii. Unfortunately, the early plantations were major failures. Farmers couldn’t figure out a way to get a consistent yield and quality out of their macadamia nut trees.
- In the 1950s, large corporate farms hit it big with the macadamia nut industry. The nuts have been in your Christmas chocolate boxes ever since.
- But, that’s okay… Americans love their macadamia nuts. The U.S. population is responsible for consuming 51% of the world’s supply. The Japanese are a distant runner up, consuming 15% of the world’s macadamias.
- The oil content of macadamia nuts can be as high as 80% (but not when you’re drinking our Macadamia nut-flavored syrup!).
Be sure to check out those two macadamia nut flavored drink recipes we mentioned earlier: the tasty Macadamia Banana Latte (breakfast?) and the decadent Tiramisu Macadamia Latte (for a tasty dessert option). Pick up a bottle of this unique beverage syrup today so you can start creating your own macadamia nut drink recipes!