Macadamia nuts are those small, round, almost chickpea-like nuts that hail from land down under, otherwise known as Australia. In fact, macadamia nuts have also been known as Queensland nuts or Australia nuts.
But macadamia nuts are no longer restricted to natives or travelers to Australia. After they were "discovered" by the rest of the world until the late 19th century, they became especially popular in Pacific island cuisines.
Today, Hawaii is the world's single largest producer of macadamia nuts. They are the fattiest of the nut family and their rich and creamy flavor makes for a great addition to all sorts of dishes from desserts to main courses.
Macadamia Nut Nutritional Information
|Serving Size: 1 cup (134 g) dry roasted, no salt added|
|Calories 962||Calories from Fat 918|
|Total Fat 102g||160% DV|
|Saturated Fat 16g||20% DV|
|Cholesterol 0g||0% DV|
|Sodium 7mg||0% DV|
|Potassium 493mg||10% DV|
|Total Carbohydrate 19g||10% DV|
|Dietary Fiber 12g||50% DV|
|Protein 11g||20% DV|
Possible Substitutes for Macadamia Nuts
Macadamia nuts pair particularly well with coconut, chocolate, and fish. While some macadamia nut fans would argue that there are no real substitutes for the nut (isn't that always the case?), there are a couple of good options if macadamia nuts are hard to come by or you don't have them on hand. In fact, macadamia nuts can be substituted for other nuts measure for measure in most recipes and vice versa without necessarily compromising the integrity of the original recipe.
Brazil nuts are about three times as large as macadamia nuts and have a stronger flavor, but many find that they are a good substitute option. To mimic their creamy texture, some cooks have opted to substitute cashews for macadamia nuts as well. Others have tried skinless almonds with some success.
Whereas others go as far as to substitute macadamia nuts with pecans or walnuts, which are also well-known for their place in sweet dessert recipes.
When substituting other nut for macadamias, you can substitute one-to-one, but you may decide to use nut halves or to roughly chop your substitutes to mimic the size required for the recipe. But if you're simply looking to know how many macadamia nuts you'll need for a particular recipe, here are some helpful measurement equivalents and references:
- 4 ounces macadamias equals 1 cup whole macadamia nuts
- 1 pound shelled macadamias equals 3⅓ cups
- One 5-ounce can whole macadamia nuts yields about 1¼ cups of nuts
- One 7-ounce jar yields about 1½ cups of nuts