Styles and usage

Macadamia Kernel

MMI can provide a wide range of products for the wholesale market including macadamia kernel, paste and oil.

Macadamias are our core business and we lead the world in quality and reliability. We sell over 40% of the Australian crop as well as sourcing from other growing regions. This enables us to supply substantial quantities of a range of kernel sizes which makes sourcing your macadamia requirements easy

Uses for Macadamia kernel

Macadamia Kernel is used in various market segments including:

  • Snacks: Whole and half kernel blends, raw, roasted and roasted and salted or flavoured are packed for sale in retail outlets around the world.
  • Ingredients for chocolates: Whole kernels (Style 1) for enrobing, Styles 2 and 4 for macadamia caramel and chocolate clusters, small chips and pieces (Styles 6, 7 & 8) for chocolate bars and toppings. Macadamia Paste, made to specifications for pralines.
  • Ingredients for biscuits and cakes: Style 4 macadamias are ideal for large cookies and biscuits. Styles 5, 6 and 7 are excellent for finer, smaller biscuits, granola bars and for inclusion in cakes. Macadamias in a Christmas cake are superb.
  • Ingredients for ice cream: The popularity of the candy coated macadamia chip in ice cream has grown tremendously in the USA and Japan. We can supply a variety of kernel sizes that suit this use.
  • Ingredients for food service: Awareness of the versatility of macadamias has extended their use into all areas of food service. Restaurants around the world are creating exciting new menu items with macadamias. Style 4, halves, in salads; styles 5 & 6 in desserts and small chips (styles 7 & 8) as toppings for meat and food dishes. Macadamia Meal is used in cakes, for crumb coating of fish and chicken and can be added to seasoning mixes for a subtle flavour.

Macadamia Styles

Macadamias are available in many different sizes that are referred to as Styles. The sections below describe each style and some of their possible uses. Note that sizing may vary slightly between brands. For current sizing specs for each of our products please see the Our Brands section

Nut Style 0 – Large Wholes

Nut Style 0 – Large Wholes

Nut 0

This kernel style is scarce. Representing only a small proportion of the kernel we produce, Style 0 is coveted by connoisseurs around the world at a premium price. The product consists of very large kernels which range from 20mm upwards. Style 0 comprises no less than 98% large, whole kernel, carefully processed to ensure consistency of colour, texture and size.

Nut Style 1 – Wholes

Nut Style 1 – Wholes

Nut 1

Style 1 is a highly sought after. It presents well in premium snack mixes and chocolates where the consumer requires whole kernel. Style 1 consists of a minimum 95 % whole kernel with a size range of 17-20mm.

Applications & Uses

Style 1 is primarily used in premium snack packs. Style 1 is also widely used as a gourmet table nut.

Nut Style 2 – Wholes And Halves Blend

Nut Style 2 – Wholes and Halves Blend

Nut 2

The traditional “Wholes and Halves” range, Style 2 is a 50/50 mixture of whole kernel and large pieces, typically ranging in size from 14-20 mm. Style 2 has a wide variety of applications of which the most popular is snack.

Nut Style 3 – Wholes And Halves Blend

Nut Style 3 – Wholes and Halves Blend

Nut 3

Style 3 can be considered when a lower priced alternative to Style 2 for snack applications is needed and a lower percentage of whole kernels is acceptable. At least 15%, by weight, of Style 3 pieces are whole kernel. The whole kernel % can be increased or decreased to meet customer requirements with some customers using up to 30%.

Applications & Uses

Style 3 macadamias are best suited for inclusion in mixed nut packs for retail sale or food service

Nut Style 4 – Halves

Nut Style 4 – Halves

Nut 4

Style 4 (Halves) constitutes around 45% of macadamia kernel produced. Within the Style 4 category we produce a range of sub-styles, with the following being the two main types:

Style 4 – 80% half kernel and pieces. Kernel passes through a 14mm round hole screen and is held on a 12mm round hole screen.

Large (4L) – 0-15% whole kernel with the remainder halves and large pieces held on a 14mm screen.

Applications & Uses

Whether raw or roasted, Style 4 can be mixed with or added to a wide range of products. from bakery ingredients and chocolates to retail snack packs.

Nut Style 5 – Large Chips

Nut Style 5 – Large Chips

Nut 5

This style consists of small halves and large chip produced through a special screening process. Kernel passes through a 12mm round hole and is held on a 8mm square mesh. Chip size is typically between 9 and 12 mm.

Applications & Uses

Style 5 is most often used as an ingredient. Common usages include ice cream, bakery, confectionary, cereals and food service applications.

Nut Style 7 – Small Chips

Nut Style 7 – Small Chips

Nut 7

Style 7 is kernel that passes through a 6mm square mesh and is held on a 5mm round mesh.

Applications & uses

Style 7 macadamias have a multitude of uses: macadamia sprinkles for toppings, for fine food preparation in restaurants and hotels, for addition to cereals or muesli and as a basic ingredient for nut breads, cakes, pies and pastries. The most popular application for Style 7 is in the commercial production of packaged cookies and biscuits

Macadamia Meal

Macadamia Meal

Nut 8

Macadamia Meal consists of small pieces and fine powder of macadamia kernel (up to 3mm in size).

Applications & uses

Macadamia meal is used in the bakery sector as an alternative to flour, a substitute for bread crumbs in coatings and for the production of a macadamia praline. It can also be used in cakes to provide that buttery macadamia flavour.

Macadamia Paste

Macadamia paste is created from roasted kernel and is ideally suited to applications in ice cream, confectionery soft centres and bakery products. Macadamia paste is also well suited to savoury products like satay sauces and pestos. With a shelf life of 24 months from production this product is dry roasted and milled to order to ensure consistency and a fabulous flavour.

Macadamia Oil

The flavour of macadamia oil is clean, intense and rich. Macadamia oil has one of the highest levels of monounsaturated fats of any tree nut oil and contains no cholesterol. It is arguably one of the most versatile oils available for food service applications yet remains little known due to the popularity and abundance of other vegetable oils.

Refined macadamia oil is a popular ingredient in cosmetics where the natural anti-oxidant qualities of the oil and high levels of palmitoleic acid make it ideal for application to the skin. Macadamia oil contains approximately 60% oleic acid, 17% palmitoleic acid and 1% linoleic acid. It also contains 3% omega-6 and 3% omega-3.

Macadamia oil’s rich, cushiony skin feel, high oxidative stability and high palmitoleic content make it especially suitable for medicated creams and suncare formulations. Derivative of Macadamia oil in cosmetics include the light emollient Ethyl Macadamiate and water soluble PEG-16 Macadamia Glycerides.