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Produce South Africa Macadamia nuts
VarietiesSouth Africa Beaumont(695),A4,816,Nelmak
Common names Macadamia integrifolia
PackingCartons weighing 25lbs, vacuum packed
Size 16mm
SeasonSeptember, October, November
Transportation conditionsWell aerated trucks, room temperature
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You have probably bought South Africa macadamia nuts unknowingly if you are a fan of the exotic nuts.

Macadamia nut is a hard brown nut that is a fruit of medium size evergreen tree with a heavy dark green foliage. Its leaves are blunt and tipped and sometimes can prick human skin during harvesting.

The nuts are high in healthy fats and contain dietary fiber. South Africa macadamia nuts are among the most expensive nuts in the world. This is because the trees takes longer to bear fruits. South Africa is the world’s largest producer of macadamia nuts.

Macadamia nuts are enjoyed as snacks and are also used in baking, manufacture of cooking oil and ice cream industries. The shells are used to make skin creams, biochar carbon filters, homeware and other uses. In South Africa, the nuts are not consumed locally as much hence the need to export most of the produce.

Macadamias were introduced to South Africa in 1915 from Australia. Commercial production of the nuts began in 1960. The largest production areas are Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Kwa Zulu Natal.

The most widely planted type of Macadamia is the South Africa Beaumont (695), followed by A4, 1816 and Nelmac. They are drought tolerant and are also favored by their high yields.

Macadamia trees take between six to twelve years to bear the first fruit. Macadamia trees can produce fruits up to 70 years with favorable climate conditions. They are grown in the tropical area of South Africa, where the weather is warm without much humidity.

Macadamia trees start flowering in August and September, and they are then ready for harvest three months later. The fruits do not ripen at the same time; hence are harvested during different times.

The blunt-tipped macadamia leaves make it difficult to harvest the nuts on the trees. Hence,  farmers wait for them to fall on the ground and pick them easily. 

When the husk splits showing brown edges the fruit then are ready for harvest. The peak of harvesting is usually between January and March. South Africa macadamia nuts processing starts by cracking, sorting, roasting, grading then packaging.

About 90 percent of the harvested nuts are exported, with the 5 percent left being consumed locally. The graded nuts are packed in moisture-proof sealed pouches then packed into cartons weighing 25 lbs ready for transport.

Export of South Africa Macadamia nuts

 South Africa exports a total of 37 percent of the world’s macadamia nuts export, hence ranked the top exporter globally. The leading importers are Europe and the USA.

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