BOTANICAL NAME: Macadamia integrifolia (entire uncut leaves)
DESCRIPTION: The Macadamia tree, or Macadamia integrifolia, is a small tree native to Queensland, Australia. The Macadamia tree grows between 2 and 12 meters high and is an evergreen species. This tree produces white, pink or purple flowers as well as a woody fruit that when cracked open displays two seeds. These seeds, or nuts, are known as macadamia nuts and when cold- pressed produce an oil. The oil is golden or pale yellow in colour and has very little scent. The Macadamia tree obtained its name from the German-Australian botanist Ferdinand von Mueller who named the tree after his friend and scientist, Dr. John Macadam. Indigenous people in Queensland had been consuming macadamia nuts for centuries before Europeans had discovered it. Indigenous cultures refer to the macadamia nut as bauple, gyndl, jindilli, and boombera. Macadamia nut oil boasts many health benefits due to its high levels of selenium, zinc and fatty acids. It is a rich source of oleic acid and palmitoleic acid, fatty acids found naturally in the skin. Palmitoleic acid contains squalene, preventing against winter chapping.
KEY COMPONENTS: Palmitoleic, oleic and palmitic acid
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