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What Is The Only Australian Plant Crop That Has Ever Been Commercially Developed as a Food?

David Mendosa says the answer is the macadamia nut.

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Macadamia nuts

From a paleo perspective, a great thing about the macadamia nut is that it’s one of the few nuts with a good omega-6/omega-3 fatty acid ratio. In other words, it’s high in omega-3 and low in 6. This may have important cardiovascular health implications. Macadamias are one of the nuts I recommend on my Paleobetic Diet.

David writes:

The first Australian macadamia plantation didn’t begin until the 1880s. And not until 1954 with the introduction of mechanised processing did commercial production became viable. Nowadays about 90 percent of the the world’s macadamia nut production comes from Hawaii, where it has become its third most important crop, according to The Wellness Encyclopedia of Food and Nutrition, University of California at Berkeley (1992).

Read the rest, where you’ll learn that macadamia nuts are the highest of all nuts in calories, gram for gram.

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Macadamia nuts on the tree

Australian Aboriginal Lifestyle Soon To Disappear

Australian Aborigine in Swamp Darwin

Australian Aborigine in Swamp Darwin

I wrote previously about O’dea’s study on Australian Aboriginals and their improvement in diabetes following a return to their ancestral lifestyle and diet.

National Geographic has an article on the vanishing Aboriginal lifestyle. Among other things, you’ll learn how to catch and cook a sea turtle.

The Aboriginals had Australia to themselves before Captain James Cook landed on the continent in 1770. Now they’re less than three percent of the population.

Read the rest.