The macadamia nut is the most expensive nut in the world, with the hardest shell to crack. These exotic nuts are full of quality protein and have a rich, buttery flavor—making them ubiquitous in both the snack aisle and on dessert menus.
The exotic macadamia nuts, with their rich flavor, are used in a variety of dishes, whether raw or roasted, but are particularly common in desserts, such as cookies and candies. They are highly nutritious, and although high in fat, it is largely of the more healthy, monounsaturated form.
Macadamia nuts are the fruits produced by macadamia trees, a species of evergreen trees indigenous to Australia. Macadamia nuts have other names in different parts of the world: they are also known as the Queensland nut; bush nut; maroochi nut; bauple nut; and Hawaii nut.