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Eastern Cape Macadamia Farm Celebrates Harvest

22 September 2017
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Mac Nut Tree

It's an all-time local favourite, we use it in exotic dishes, at parties and of course, as a snack at braais and bars. Macadamia nuts are certainly taking the Eastern Cape by storm. Originating in Hawaii in 1881, this treat has travelled thousands of kilometres to the shores of the Eastern Cape, where it has been planted, harvested, sold and enjoyed by thousands of people.

Funding 

Despite the devastating drought, Ncera Macadamia Farm harvested 58 tons of valuable exported nuts, with the help and 147 million rands funded over 5 years from the Eastern Cape Government. Since then the farm has been able to employ 151 people and has been awarded second place globally after being surpassed only by Australia.

Planting

The Eastern Cape certainly contains many green fingers, with 20ha of seeds already planted and currently aiming to plant another 9ha next month, to reach their target of 30ha. The Eastern Cape won't be short of minerals and protein with this tasty, salty snack.

The farm will also be launching a garden of “remembrance and goodwill” that will be named after the traditional leader, Nkosi Nobhotwe Jongilanga. A 5ha piece of land will be used and dedicated to planting more than 1200 macadamia trees. Donations can be made by anyone that is familiar with the people of Ncera.

Harvesting

It takes four to five years for a macadamia tree to start producing fruit. The Ncera farm has been hard at work and was able to reap the fruits of their labour. This year is their 5th harvest in 4 years.

Festival

As the saying goes, work hard, play hard. To celebrate their achievements, the Ncera Macadamia Farm hosted a harvest festival, which was held from the 8th-10th September 2017. The festivities shared community achievements within the macadamia industry, helped broaden macadamia production knowledge in rural communities and this should them grow in today's economy.

Locals were able to show case their art, crafts and talent, as well as munch on succulent treats provided by 130 food stalls.

Fun Facts

• Macadamia nuts are not picked from the tree but are fully ripened when they fall and are then harvested
• It is high in mono-unsaturated fatty acid which helps reduce cholesterol levels
• The macadamia tree can grow up to 12 meters in height and live up to 100 years
• The shell of a macadamia nut is the toughest to crack. A pressure of 300 pounds per square inch needs to be applied if one wishes to open it. 

With spring having just arrived, this is the perfect snack for long sunny days. Nibble on it at a family get together or while on a hike. Just throw it in your bag and savour its flavours.


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