About Our Macadamia Nuts
We grow macadamias nuts using a chemical and pesticide spray-free regime and fertilise our macadamia trees with organic liquid fertilisers and organic rock fertiliser. We believe this results in healthier and naturally stronger trees that are more resistant to pests.
Macadamias are an autumn/winter crop, so we start our harvest in late March/early April and finish in August/September. Each harvest load is put through a de-husker to remove the green husk before being sorted where any nuts with blemishes are removed. The nuts in shell are then stored in silos and dried with warm air in preparation for cracking. Our macadamias are sent as nuts in shell to our macadamia nut processor on the Sunshine Coast for processing and value adding.
From late August through to October the macadamia trees are in flower. Many individual small cream to pale yellow flowers are formed on a single long finger called a raceme. After the individual flowers are pollinated by bees, they become small green buds. Many of the small buds will soon fall off the tree, leaving a manageable number of buds to grow and mature into macadamia nuts.
While the macadamia nuts are growing over the summer months, the trees are fertilised with organic liquid molasses and seaweed, and organic rock fertiliser. The grass between the rows of trees is mowed, and the leaves mulched, and any large sticks and rocks are removed. This leaves a tidy and even orchard floor for the macadamias to fall onto when they mature and drop from the trees; and allows the harvester to easily pick up the macadamias off the ground.