Macadamia Nuts: Hawaii's Most Iconic Crop
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Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm
At the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Farm, visitors are invited to walk around and learn more about this Hawaiian specialty. Visitors can also watch the macadamia nut candy being made, see their finished products, and taste test many assorted flavors. It is open daily from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Macadamia Nut Road
The road is called Macadamia Nut road for a reason. Lining both sides of the road are beautiful, green macadamia nut trees. You can get macadamia nuts anywhere on the island of Hawaii, but the area of Hilo is particularly famous for one of the biggest macadamia nut farms in the state.
Macadamia Nut History
Macadamia nuts were first brought to Hawaii in 1881 from Australia, and it didn’t take long for enterprising farmers to find out that the rich volcanic soil, rainfall, and sunshine were a winning combination for their cultivation. The first plantation was created in 1921 in Hilo, and ever since then, macadamia nuts have been a major Hawaii industry.
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