Macadamias undamagedThis article was originally published in Foodnews
THE recent Australian heatwave and subsequent fires have not affected the macadamia industry. An Australian source told FOODNEWS : "We should have a good crop of around 46 500 tonnes in-shell which will crack out at about 13 500 tonnes of kernel, so 2009 will be a good growth year." The macadamia growing area, which is on the north east coast of Australia, and the rainfall patterns have been good so far this year. "Macadamia trees, being a tropical species, do not mind high temperatures so long as they get enough water to fill out the nuts, " the source added.