Playing with Pesto

I finally got around to making pesto with macadamia nuts instead of pinenuts. What was I waiting for? I found the flavor and texture both amazing. I love pesto, always have, and I love to play around with the herbs that I use when I make it. To be able to brighten it up even […]

Macadamia Nuts and Dogs

Be careful before you share your macadamia nuts with your dogs! In some dogs, it can cause serious side effects, like back leg paralysis. “Ingestion of macadamia nuts by dogs has been associated with a non-fatal syndrome, characterised by vomiting, ataxia or weakness, fever, muscle tremors and depression. Dogs are the only species in which signs have been reported. … The mechanism […]

Lilikoi Butter or Curd

When I first got here and was in awe at the amount of passion flower fruit we can produce here in Hawaii, everyone started talking to me about lilikoi butter. It took me a while to figure it all out! Passion flower fruit is called lilikoi in Hawaii, and what they are calling butter is […]

A delicious fruitcake with macadamia nuts recipe

The holidays mean that we bring out one of our favorite old cookbooks: The 1934 Methodist Ladies cookbook from Hallettsville, Texas, where Scott is from. Recipe: 4 eggs 1 cup flour 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup brown sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder Mix all ingredients well and then add: 2 boxes cut seedless dates 1 pound […]

Macadamia Pie Recipe

I started today’s baking experiments with a very simple recipe found in Scott’s family recipe book, a place where all sorts of fabulous recipes are found. I didn’t find out much about Mrs. A Fink in 1934 from google, oddly enough, but the recipe is similar to one that supposedly Dear Abby published, so it […]

Nut and gluten allergies

origins of macadamia nuts

We’ve noticed lately that we are getting quite a number of calls and email inquiries wondering if we process any nuts other than macadamia nuts. For someone with a specific tree nut or peanut allergy, it’s really important to know whether or not our products could be contaminated by exposure to other nuts. The great news […]

Lilikoi Mousse (Passion Fruit)

I noticed the other day that our Lilikoi blossoms were covered with our honeybees. I think they love the blossoms almost as I love do! I find them beautiful and fancy, and I love their tropical look. I used to be able to grow the vine in the hottest part of the summer in the […]

Adoriable!

One of our first time mama ducks hatched a single duckling yesterday, at the edge of one of our banana patches, close to where we know there are mongoose hanging out. In our haste to keep the baby safe, we tried to move mama and baby to a protective custody pen, but she was having […]

Protective Custody

  Oh, these mongoose! We’ve had several clutches of ducklings hatch lately, and even our poor matriarch Dee Dee lost a couple of the darling ducklings to the mongoose early yesterday morning. She had five, and then she had three, so we built yet another place to keep the rest of them safe. She wasn’t […]

Banishing Bug Bites!

Purple Bug Band

One of the things about having a farm in the tropics is that we have to deal with all sorts of biting bugs year round, because it never freezes. I’m loathe to use products with Deet in them, so am always on the lookout for products that don’t have Deet in them but that do […]