Macadamia Nuts

Here at Fairview Estates, we have a Macadamia co-op, which is an innovative first in South African farming, allowing you to buy land, invest in Macadamia’s and receive a turnkey farming solution as a member of a co-operative.

South Africa has been the world’s largest producer of Macadamia nuts since 2010. They’re indigenous to Australia and were first commercially produced on a large scale in Hawaii, where the Australian seeds were introduced to them in the 1880’s.

Why Macs?

Our climate: The KZN North and South Coast’s warm climate is the perfect place for Macadamia trees to grow and produce nuts and our height above sea level and climate allows for the trees to produce a thin shelled nut with excellent kernel quality. The good seasonal rains and favorable temperatures provide great growing conditions for nut production.

Health benefits: Macadamias are tree nuts that have a hard shell, a subtle, butter-like flavour with a creamy texture and are rich in nutrients and beneficial plant compounds. They provide many health and nutrient benefits, some being:

  • They are rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fiber and are low in carbs and sugar. This makes them beneficial for people with diabetes.
  • Improves brain health, as they contain many nutrients like vitamin B1, magnesium, palmitoleic acid, manganese, oleic acid and Omega 9 fatty acids. These along with many others, play a vital role in improving brain health.
  • They help improve blood sugar levels which is once again beneficial to those who have diabetes. They contain both macro and micronutrients, which along with bioactive compounds, regulate blood sugar levels.
  • They’re loaded with antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals and safeguard your body against cellular damage and disease.
  • Improve gut health as they are an excellent source of fiber which flushes the digestive system and eliminates toxins.
  • May help with weight loss due to the low amount of carbohydrates and being an excellent source of fiber, which ensures a full feeling throughout the day. These are also high in calories so don’t overindulge in them, moderation is key.
  • There are also skin and hair benefits.

The recommended daily consumption is around 28.3g, which is a serving of between 10-12 nuts.

These nuts are a great snack and can be eaten raw, dry-roasted, as a nut butter, baked in goodies and make delicious ice creams too. Next time you grab a handful of these nuts, remember all the benefits and goodness you are putting into your body.

If you are interested in joining the Mac Co-op or want to know more please contact Scott on