Macadamia Dark Chocolate Truffles
This delicious Macadamia Dark Chocolate Truffles recipe was kindly shared by Pam Vagnieres. Check out her site Nutri-Physique for more tasty recipes!
Macadamia nuts contain the least amount of (potentially inflammatory) omega-6 linoleic acid asany nut and are rich in minerals such as magnesium, manganese, copper, and iron. Macadamia nuts are rich in healthy fats and will become the creamy, flavorful center of these delightful treats. With less than 1g of sugar, you can’t beat these “truffle like” balls of yumminess! See the flavor options below to creatively flavor these truffles to your own tastes.
History of Macadamia Nuts
The first commercial orchard of macadamia trees was planted in the early 1880s by Rous Mill, 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) southeast of Lismore, New South Wales, consisting of M. tetraphylla. Besides the development of a small boutique industry in Australia during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, macadamia was extensively planted as a commercial crop in Hawaii from the 1920s. Macadamia seeds were first imported into Hawaii in 1882 by William H. Purvis. The young manager of the Pacific Sugar Mill atKukuihaele on the Big Island, planted seeds that year at Kapulena.
The Hawaiian-produced macadamia established the well-known seed internationally. However, in 2006, macadamia production began to fall in Hawaii, due to lower prices from an over-supply.
Outside of Hawaii and Australia (35.200 metric tons -2013), macadamia is also commercially produced in South Africa (37.000 metric tons – 2013), Brazil, California, Costa Rica, Israel, Kenya, Bolivia, New Zealand, Colombia, Guatemala and Malawi. Australia is no longer the world’s largest commercial producer – the total world production for the 2013 year amounted to approximately 135,000 tonnes of nut in shell per year produced globally. To date, efforts to grow the macadamia commercially in Florida have not met with success, primarily as a result of low yield. However, the macadamia is a popular dooryard tree in Florida and efforts to select cultivars with better productivity are ongoing (source).