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Macadamia nuts are the most expensive nut by weight, commonly found in American stores, retailing for about 1/3 more than pistachios. There is nothing in article to reflect the luxury connotation. Or how they are used. Or even how they taste.

This article needs more about macadamia nuts, themselves.

Like, what foods are they found in? I'm eating some macadamia nut cookies right now, and that must be one of the most common founds to have macadamia nuts incorporated. and cookies are mentioned nowhere in this article, or even just nut mixes.

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MacadamiaN nuts[edit]

Well, I've always called them Macadamian nuts, and Google™

Results 1 - 10 of about 27,800 for "Macadamian nuts". (0.21 seconds)
Results 1 - 10 of about 423,000 for "Macadamia nuts". (0.23 seconds)

shows I'm not alone (though I'm willing to get on the Macadamia bandwagon). So do mention it as an alternative name. Jidanni (talk) 01:25, 11 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm with you, and i'm from Honolulu where they (and labeled packages) are quite common. I'm quite surprised to see those google results, frankly.
BTW, I have also seen them called "Macadams" somewhere -- either Australia or the UK -- but the article makes no allowance for that.
Can anyone confirm such usage? Macadam usually refers to roads and pavement and such. (talk) 07:06, 19 June 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Incorrect Number of Species and Updated Taxonomy[edit]

There are now only four species of Macadamia restricted to central eastern Australia all other species from Northern Australia and other countries are now placed in the genus Lasjia see (Mast et al 2008) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:09, 4 February 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Outdated Sources[edit]

Citation number 14 used in this article: "Nuts! Cops use holiday treat in drug sting", Chicago Sun Times, December 24, 2004. Accessed November 21, 2007. Is outdated and no longer available. (talk)

Production section[edit]

The last paragraph needs to be translated into plain English or deleted.


Lots of things eat these nuts - Using my torch I can see a rat eat a Macadamia nut in a tree in my front yard right now. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:43, 19 April 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Need a reliable source, not personal anecdote.


The Macadamia is not a true biological nut.

Is it possible if we can remove all of the "Nut" terms used, and introduce the "Nut" into trivia or something? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:41, 28 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If you provide a reliable source and explain why, then please add. But not to "trivia" section because that should be removed and moved into prose. The Nut (fruit) article implies they meet the culinary definition, but not biological, without giving a source either. W Nowicki (talk) 00:46, 29 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The article List of culinary nuts indicates whether each culinary nut is a botanical nut or something else. It lists the macadamia as a "follicle. And the beginning of this article describes the fruit of the macadamia as a follicle, too. When it speaks later of nuts

it means in the culinary, not the botanical, sense. So I guess it's covered, although it might be made more clear. (talk) 17:28, 5 August 2011 (UTC)Stephen KoscieszaReply[reply]

Also, the cashew is not a nut, they are seeds ( — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:53, 11 February 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Polish weddings?[edit]

The whole reference to Polish weddings ("In Poland . . . as seen in Polish culture during celebrations, the groom will after cracking begin to dance in a jovial manner [8]"), including the citations, appears to be a practical joke (and not a particularly funny one). The target of both citations appears to be a legitimate Polish culture web site, but without any references to Macadamia nuts (which, not being indigenous to Poland, seem an unlikely element of Polish culture).Hbquikcomjamesl (talk) 00:47, 15 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have actually danced during my Polish wedding after cracking some macadams. There is even a traditional song in some wojewodztwa (Polish provinces) to accompany this cracking sound. It goes like: "Orzeszki, pekajcie smialo". Some people (depends on wealth) use walnuts or hazelnuts instead of macadamias. ( (talk) 22:07, 6 January 2012 (UTC))Reply[reply]

Poland has for years used the Macadamia nut as a wedding celebratory food, and used following dancing in some cases. It serves as a Traditional piece inherited sometime in the late 1970's, 'Long time polish' — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:21, 7 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Depends how Inland you go, still a practiced tradition, remember uncle doing it with his wife before the official ceremony(2.2052.350.245 (talk) 22:07, 5 August 2012 (UTC))Reply[reply]

Can this be edited, It is more of a Northern Tradition, originating near Koszalin initially from family celebrations, it was adapted to Weddings later in the 1880s.Heylow2b4l (talk) 12:37, 15 January 2012 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) Reply[reply]

M. ternifolia[edit]

Article states it is commercially important yet poisonous. Why is it of commercial value? (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 05:57, 18 July 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Toxicity in dogs[edit]

I can’t find in the article what it is in macadamias that makes them toxic to dogs, and that was the reason I read it to start with. As written at present, it suggests that dogs are simply more sensitive to some constituent than humans are. I was, however, primed for that interpretation by a news article about common human foods that aren't good for dogs. Then it occurred to me that it might refer to dogs’ eating raw or unleached macadamias. Is it the cyanogenic glycosides that occur in some species? I would like to know more about this. Walter Turner (talk) 07:24, 16 May 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I did a quick search for Google books and Pubmed references which showed toxicity from eating macadamias does occur in dogs, as stated with the one reference in the article, but nowhere was the mechanism discussed with assurance of responsible compounds like glycosides. This is one states the toxic effect, but the whole article is not available so we are unable to see any scientific evidence for the mechanism. In this book on small animal toxicology, page 818 for dogs, there is an anecdotal discussion of the minimum toxic dose as 1 nut per kg or 20 g/kg being significantly toxic, with mention that the mechanism is unknown. Further searching indicates that macadamia poisoning in dogs is commonly recognized by vets, but there isn't a thorough analysis of the toxicology in the medical literature that I can find. Will return here if I find something. Meanwhile, the article contains mention of this and the toxic effect is easily found via Google. --Zefr (talk) 15:18, 16 May 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I found an online available version of the paper you found.[1] It specifically states, "While some varieties of macadamia nuts contain toxic levels of cyanogenic glycosides, these have a bitter flavour and are not used as food." Considering the context of what types dogs would be inadvertently eating, cyanogenic glycosides appear to be ruled out as the cause. Kingofaces43 (talk) 15:30, 16 May 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Only endemic food plant species from the Australian continent to have been domesticated by Europeans settlers for production[edit]

Jared Diamond in his book "Guns, Germs and Steel" (ISBN-13: 978-0393317558 ISBN-10: 0393317552 p102) claims that the macadamia nut is the only plant to have been domesticated from Australian wild stock, after the arrival of Europeans and their technology.

pdr0663 Pdr0663 (talk) 07:47, 25 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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