• (noun): an evergreen tree, of the genus Macadamia, native to Australia and cultivated in Hawaii
  • (noun): the fruit of this tree; the macadamia nut

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  • (noun): any tree of the genus Macadamia

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Macadamia is a genus of four species of trees indigenous to Australia, and constituting part of the plant family Proteaceae. They are native to north eastern New South Wales and central and south eastern Queensland. Three species of the genus are commercially important for their fruit, the macadamia nut (or simply macadamia), with a total global production of 160,000 tonnes (180,000 short tons) in 2015. Other names include Queensland nut, bush nut, maroochi nut, bauple nut, and Hawaii nut. In Australian Aboriginal languages, the fruit is known by names such as bauple, gyndl, jindilli, and boombera.

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  • It's best to make it with a delicate oil such as macadamia, apricot kernel or extra light olive oil (extra virgin being too intense).

  • Atkins himself – I suppose – got tired of hearing people complain that they couldn’t get into ketosis, so he had them do a ‘fat fast’ using as I recall macadamia nuts and cream cheese only diet, which is primarily fat.

  • Kailua Candy Company is a popular stop mostly for non-Hawaiian chocolate confections, although some feature local ingredients such as macadamia nuts or Kona coffee.

  • D.J. said "macadamia" in the second round was his biggest challenge.

  • Other foods, such as macadamia nuts and raisins, also are toxic.

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