Those of you that know us well might be aware that we entered our oils into the Great Taste Awards this year. What you might not know, however, is that we won stars on every single one of them. We’re not usually ones to brag, but we hope you’ll forgive us for blowing our own trumpet just a little in this post - it’s not often that hard work pays off so well. Our avocado oil was awarded one star, and three stars were awarded to our apricot kernel oil and macadamia nut oil.
In total, 10,000 products were sent to the Guild of Fine Food for judging this year. Only 31% of foods that were entered were accredited and of those, only 130 foods achieved a three star rating - so the fact that 100% of the products that we entered were recognised is a pretty big deal..
It’s not just stars that had us cheering this year. Our macadamia nut oil only went and got itself a place on the top 50 foods list! Out of thousands and thousands of other products, one of our oils was recognised as part of just 50 that really stood out. We honestly couldn’t be more chuffed.
The legendary Glynn Christian filmed a 60 second review of the oil which you can watch below. He loved it so much he was slurping it by the spoonful. He notes that while the macadamia nut itself is rather mild in flavour, our oil is quite the opposite. We certainly agree, Mr. Christian!
Other judges on the Guild of Fine Food panel loved the “amazing explosion of flavour on the tongue” and called it a “proper wow moment”, this is high praise indeed from some of the countries biggest food experts.
We think our success this year is a sign that the world is ready for higher quality, more interesting and better tasting oils - the kind that you really could just sneak a cheeky spoonful of. If you’re interested in trying our most successful oil, we’ve got a few pointers for you..
We don’t want to bore you too much with the science side of things, but the makeup of macadamia nut oil is more than worth mentioning, even if only briefly. It’s rich in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (the good kind) and very low in saturated fatty acids (the bad kind). This is what makes it a better choice for your heart, just like coconut oil.
The fact that it’s paleo-friendly is a bonus which may please many of you, as the caveman diet continues to grow in popularity across the nation all the time. Many health conscious food-loving thought leaders love it, and Tim Ferriss (author of The 4 Hour Body) has declared it to be “the new olive oil”.
So what can you do with a bottle of this pure cold pressed goodness? We’ve got a few ideas..
From our very own recipe archive, this roasted garlic and macadamia pesto with greek yoghurt swirl.
Try your hand at paleo mayonnaise, a far healthier choice than a jar of Hellman’s - and easier than you might think to make.
You can substitute the oil you would ordinarily use in a salad dressing with macadamia nut oil, check out this recipe for sweet potato salad if you’re stuck for ideas.
If you love to bake, this macadamia nut coffee cake might well be right up your street. It’s amazing in granola too!
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