Tuesday, September 1

Macadamia heaven

As you might or might not know, we've been in Byron Shire for the weekend enjoying the sunshine, the fresh air and the SERENITY.

If you are a regular reader you would know that we are passionate about understanding and getting as close as possible to the source of our food - and educating our children where food really comes from. I think we're doing a pretty good job!

Saturday we took this to another level as we visited the macadamia orchard on the property at Possum Creek Eco Lodge. We were free to collect as many as we liked, as long as they had dropped on the ground.

The kids had no idea where nuts came from or that they grew on trees. They know now!
Here we are picking our macadamias, it was so much fun and a wonderful family activity, with a bonus!

We literally only collected nuts from three trees, and we have 100's of macadamias. We'll be drying them out in sunlight for a week or so and then it's time to give the nut-cracker a workout!

Walking down the orchard, just off the back garden.
Collecting them off the ground, our girls had no problem not only finding them, but de-husking also. It was so fun!
Example of how easy it is to find them, I can see at least 5 on this shot alone or about 15cm x 20cm.
De-husking. The local birds and wildlife use the husks to build nests and sharpen teeth.

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1 lovely comments:

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella on September 1, 2009 at 5:35 PM said... [Reply to this amazing comment]

How exciting! It's so important to know where our food comes from and good on you for showing your kids all about it :)


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