Australian Functional Ingredients – by Vic Cherikoff

Macadamia nut oils and some wild infusions

Recently I was approached by Bill Truscott of Macadamia Oils of Australia, to develop a range of infused Macadamia Nut Oils. What I developed and named for him was a range of four infused flavours, which are now available from our online store.

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Macadamia Nut Oil is mechanically cold pressed from the kernels of plantation grown macadamia nuts. The oil is unique in its fatty acid composition and the oil is Kosher certified.

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Macadamia Nut Oil is the healthiest culinary oil available today. Its mono-unsaturate level is up to 85% (olive oil is 75%, canola is 58%). Mono-unsaturated fats (the good fats) and polyunsaturated fat (linked to higher risk) may have opposite effects on the risk of breast cancer, following a study on women’s health in JAMA, Archives of Internal Medicine.

At just 3%, macadamia oil is the lowest of all culinary oils in the polyunsaturated Omega 6 Fatty Acids (olive oil is 8%, canola is 23%). Excessive Omega 6 Fatty Acids may have an adverse impact on blood clotting, immune function and inflammation. Monounsaturates have been proven to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, but do not alter the HDL (good) cholesterol levels – polyunsaturates lower both.

Macadamia Nut Oil is recommended for stir-frying because of its very high smoke point (410ºF) which makes it least likely to develop unhealthy lipid peroxides and other breakdown products when heated (these are the trans-fats widely reported as harmful). It is also very high in natural anti-oxidants, with a natural alpha tocopherol (vitamin E) level of 450 ppm (olive oil is approximately 100 ppm).

The oils have a very long shelf life (recommended 2 years) due to the high natural levels of monounsaturated fats, which limit the point where oxygen can attack and high levels of antioxidants, which restrict oxidation.

They contain no cholesterol, have the same caloric value as any other oil and have a very light texture that allows it to be easily absorbed into the skin with topical use. Macadamia Nut Oil is the richest plant source of palmitoleic acid, which is the oil closest to skin oil, so use it as a moisturizer or massage oil – you’ll be amazed!

Macadamia nut oils and some wild infusions

Infused Oils

Extra Gold Macadamia Nut Splash™ – 8.5oz (250ml)
This exquisite oil is cold pressed from Macadamia nuts, Australia’s own “nuts of gold”. Macadamia integrifolia trees are grown today in plantations on the subtropical east coast of Australia. Tribal Aborigines once congregated there in rainforests to feast on the nuts of the evergreen tree which they called “Kindal Kindal”. This oil is perfect when pan frying fish and meat, wonderful for stir frying, marinades and salad dressings – and try it in your chocolate cake instead of butter.

Aussie Thai Macadamia Nut Splash™ – 8.5oz (250ml)
Aussie Thai Macadamia Nut Splash™ is a superb mix of essential oils making up lemon myrtle sprinkle and combined with ginger oil and a subtle hint of chilli, it makes an all-purpose spicy, aromatic oil to revitalize your familiar dishes.

Smokey Alpine Pepper Macadamia Nut Splash™ – 8.5oz (250ml)
Infused with paperbark smoke oil and mountain pepper extract, Alpine Pepper Macadamia Nut Splash™ is perfect drizzled over red or white meats; seafood and vegetables; or use it to make mayonnaise, hollandaise or other salad dressings. It also makes a terrific massage oil as the macadamia nut oil penetrates the skin and the mountain pepper extract increases blood-flow so you’ll feel warm and relaxed afterwards.

Wild Herbs Macadamia Nut Splash™- 8.5oz (250ml)
Ideal for dipping, drizzling, dressing and downing, infused with essential oils of the rainforest and one of our most popular infusions. Great with lamb, over stir-fry dishes and vegetables, or try marinating vegetables in it.

Garlic and Gumleaf Macadamia Nut Splash™- 8.5oz (250ml)
This is an amazing garlic drizzle for meats and the BBQ where a splash of the Australian bush will add a touch of the Outback – or try it as a dip with bread.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to our online store and grab a few bottles for your pantry (or bedroom).

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