Locavores will love these nuts. Macadamia nuts are a well-known Hawaiian product, but after an existence consisting of usually being sold simply salted, or maybe with some garlic, this locally-owned company has put a gourmet twist on the nut. Aloha Fresh Macadamias is a small start-up company that produces mac nuts in five different flavors - maple coconut, honey salt, rosemary garlic, salted and lightly roasted.
Macadamia nut tree — Photo courtesy of Pixel Dreamer
These mac nuts, like many other treats produced on Kauai, are the perfect edible souvenir to take home for gifts. They're also a healthy and nutritional snack high in protein, antioxidants, vitamin B6, healthy fats and an array of minerals.
Aloha Fresh Macadamias uses all-natural ingredients, and the nuts are roasted and hand-seasoned right on Kauai. Hailing from the lush town of Kilauea on the North Shore, Aloha Fresh Macadamias can usually be found at farmers markets around the island, ordered online or by phone.
Mac nuts smothered in coconut and maple — Photo courtesy of Aloha Fresh Macadamias
On islands like Kauai that import over 85 percent of their food and goods, it's important to support local foods and businesses whenever possible. With Aloha Fresh Macadamias, you can kill two birds with one stone by bringing home great gifts that are locally grown and made.