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Yarramalong Macadamia Nut Farm is one of the major attractions along the Yarramalong Valley, a fantastic stop for local produce. When you drive into the farm, the macadamia trees are planted along the driveway, which leads you to the Firefly Bistro and Café. There are signs around the farm stating "Do Not Pick The Nuts Under the Tree". Nuts can be purchased from the café.
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The café is beside the workshop, in a very quiet bush ambience. When you enter the café, you will see a shelf with all kinds of local produce made from macadamia nuts - seasoning sauces, skincare products, packets of flavoured macadamia nuts, and the owner's favourite, macadamia oil.
The café also has a presentation table for the visitors to taste the nuts with an easy-to-use nut cracker. The owner brought nuts from the workshop and demonstrated how to crack them. It didn't take long before a bowl of nuts was demolished by a bunch of enthusiastic nut crackers. These freshly-picked macadamia nuts tasted much juicier than the nuts in the supermarket. I was intrigued to see what the macadamia nut looks like before it is processed, so I went out with my friends and found some nuts still in their green soft shells. While some older ones are in their hard brown shells, they can be easily removed by hand. After removing the outside layer, you can see the smooth brownish colour nut inside. Macadamias are a real hard nut to crack.
We bought a bag of hard shell macadamia nuts for $8.00. I asked my friend why he didn't buy the bag without the hard shells. He said he enjoyed cracking the nut with a hammer; it is more fun to eat this way. I actually agreed, nutty fun for the nut lovers.
If you are planning your visit of the farm, please visit their website to check their opening hours. Also please respect their rules and do not pick the nuts on the ground under the tree.