Macadamia nut

Macadamia integrifolia

The Macadamia nut tree is an ancient tree tracing its origin back 50 million years ago to the rainforests of the east coast of Australia. Macadamia nuts have been wild collected by Indigenous Australians and eaten as a nutrient-dense bush food for over 50,000 years. Though endemic to Australia, where European settlers first began commercially cultivating it in the 1800s, Macadamias were farmed on a much larger scale in Hawaii and now grow extensively in other locations, including Kenya.

Macadamia oil is the result of the cold-pressing of the inner kernel of the Macadamia nut, which has to be cracked first. This outer shell is so hard Fairoils uses special machinery to do this job without ruining the inner kernel.

Fairoils Macadamia project is in Kenyan Highlands and we source nuts often from the same farmers who supply us with Avocado fruits. Fairoils also has its very own organic out growers’ group within the Thika growing region where we exclusively buy all grades of “in-shell” nuts. This project is also Fair Trade certified.

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Production and extraction

The Macadamia tree is an evergreen tree that belongs to the plant family Proteaceae, which is indigenous to Australia and can grow to 12 metres in height.

Macadamia nut trees have been a major small-holder crop in Kenya for the last 30 years. The tropical climate found around the equator in Kenya, along with the fertile soils found in the Kenyan highlands, makes for ideal Macadamia growing conditions.

Fairoils conducts all macadamia processing at our Athi River facility, south of Nairobi, Kenya. The very hard exterior shell of the Macadamia nut is cracked (and retained) to extract the oil-rich kernel. Fairoils then cold presses on purpose-built oil presses to produce a pure & natural macadamia nut oil. The oil is double-filtered before being stored in large stainless-steel tanks capped with nitrogen, to preclude oxidation.

Kenya is a major food-grade kernel exporter into the US & Europe. The very selective nature of the export industry means a large portion of nuts are rejected. Fairoils provides these farmers a valuable second income stream by offering them a market for their rejected nuts. The main harvest season in Kenya is from March to August, but often kernel exporters hold large volumes of nuts allowing for rejected kernels to be available until October/ November.

The macadamia kernel has a very high oil content yielding 58% to 60% of oil by weight. Macadamia nut oil contains one of the highest levels of monounsaturated fats amongst all food-grade oils including Olive Oil. The oil is rich in essential fatty acids and also contains Omega 3, Omega 6 and Omega 7.

Fairoils processing facility where it produces its Macadamia nut oil is food-grade certified to FSSC22000 and is also ISO9001 certified. Fairoils supplies all the relevant technical and quality documents on request.

Fairoils produces around 200mt of Macadamia nut oil per year. We supply crude macadamia oil direct from Kenya and a refined quality from our Belgium facility.
Packaging: 190kg drums, 900kg IBC’s and 20mt flexi-tanks

Fairoils can produce and supply around 200mt of Macadamia oil per year.
  • Ethically Sourced
  • Organic
  • Pure & Natural
  • Cold Pressed
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Fair-Traded
  • Refined
  • Out Grower Grown

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Central Kenya

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