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Nuts native to Queensland, Australia, and a member of the proteaceae family. They are named after Dr John Macadam, a Scottish philosopher/scientist who promoted their cultivation in the 1850"s. Australia is still the world"s biggest producer, although Hawaii is now the main producer.
They are used as a snack to rival peanuts and cashews, and also used to produce oil, which is very low in saturated fat. Indeed it has a larger proportion of monounsaturated fat than olive oil (80% as against 74%), also being low in omega-6 fatty acids at 3% (olive oil 8%). For the cook, it has a pleasant flavour, and a very high flash point (389