Kettle Roasted Macadamia Nuts
Our Hawai'i grown macadamias are now available year round! Seasonal availability limits our stock of authentic, Kaua'i island macadamias, but we now have access to Big Island grown macs to supply your taste buds no matter what the season!
Our top seller. Salted Toffee Macadamias are glazed in butterscotch and fine Hawaiian sea salt then sprinkled with rock salt and toffee bits. The result is a sweet and savory crunchy shell with bursts of salt and crispy toffee.
Our hand shredded and dehydrated coconut is toasted to a crisp, golden brown and finished with Kaua'i Honey from our local community college's apiary program. The result is Bliss!
Decadent white chocolate is melted over macadamias coated with organic cacao nibs and cacao powder for sweet and bitter-sweet flavor sensation. A fun gag gift, it resembles chicken poo in looks but definitely not in taste!
Our local Kaua'i coffee blends beautifully with toasted local coconut and rich cacao. It's your favorite cafe's coconut mocha on a hearty macadamia nut.
A Hawaiian favorite, Li Hing Mui powder gives our toasted coconut a sweet and zesty zing, reminiscent of a certain breakfast cereal...
PELE SWEET HEAT
Inspired by the fiery Hawaiian Goddess, Pele Sweet Heat is divinely sweet and a little dangerous. Local Hawaiian chiles with cacao and chipotle give you a medium to medium high heat with a sweet, chocolatey crunch.
A crispy butterscotch and toffee glaze sprinkled with vanilla bean and raw cacao nibs makes this flavor taste an awful lot like a chocolate chip cookie! Our owner's personal favorite.
A classic - simple, delicate, buttery, delicious whole macadamias with a sprinkling of Hawai'ian sea salt.
WHY KAUA'I MACADAMIAS ARE HARD TO FIND
On September 11th, 1992, Hurricane Iniki, the most powerful hurricane to hit the Hawaiian Islands in recorded history, made landfall on the Garden Isle of Kaua'i. With sustained winds of 145 mph and at least one recorded gust of 225 mph, Iniki destroyed homes, vehicles, and, most pertinent to us, trees and farm equipment. Macadamia farmers were faced with replanting tree crops that can take 14 years to reach maturity. Many of those lucky enough to have their trees survive lost processing equipment which is not only very expensive on its own, but must be shipped to our small island at a great cost. Faced with these obstacles, many farmers re-focused on different crops or relocated to the Big Island where mature trees and farm equipment are plentiful. This left Kaua'i with few macadamia farms that can produce on a commercial level. Our small farm still maintains very mature trees which produce jumbo Macadamias unlike any other on the market!
Our Macadamia Season
Farm grown macadamias begin to fall off the trees from late August to early September, the end of the "dry" season. The husks are allowed to dry before removal, then the macadamias cure in the shell for up to two months. It takes about 400 lbs of pressure to crack through one of the world's hardest nut shell. Our farm uses special machinery to remove as many of the macadamias whole and intact as we can.
Depending on seasonal conditions like rain, temperature, and direct sunlight, we can usually begin roasting nuts from late October to mid November. After delivery to our kitchen, we hand-sort the whole and larger pieces from the smaller pieces, which will be roasted into our delicious nut mixes. But good things don't last forever. Once the season comes to a close, we must wait 8 months for new macs to fall. Between ravenous customers and yearly crop variations, it's hard to say when the last of our supply of whole macadamias will pour into the roaster. We do our best to stock up for the off-season and always have plenty of small pieces to last throughout the year for our mixed nuts.
Kaua'i Gourmet Nuts is a proud member of the Hawai'i Farm Bureau and our local extension, the Kaua'i County Farm Bureau. The Kaua'i County Farm Bureau focuses on locally grown and prepared food and has strict regulations ensuring that their two weekly markets offer only authentic Kaua'i grown produce and value added products. The majority of our Kaua'i grown macadamias are sent to these markets and make it into the hands of both locals and visitors looking for the best food Kaua'i has to offer. The best way for you to find our delicious, whole macadamias is to come visit us, support the local community, and reward yourself with the freshest bag of nuts possible.
Wednesdays from 3:30-6:00pm at Kukui'ula Shopping Center in Poipu, join us for the Kaua'i Culinary Market.
Saturdays from 9:30am-1:00pm visit us at Kaua'i Community College in Lihue and enjoy the Kaua'i Community Market, Kauai's largest weekly farmer's market.
We roast for the markets a day or two in advance, and if you're lucky enough to catch a demo at the Kaua'i Culinary Market, you can try them just as they're cool enough to eat.