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In episode 10 of My Market Kitchen, Hort Innovation’s Research and Development Manager, Dietitian and Nutritionist Jemma O’Hanlon is back at Prahran markets to create a delicious berry grape jam with macadamia nut butter. We also travel to South East Queensland to meet Queensland macadamia grower, Sandra Lindstrom to hear all about how macadamias are grown in Australia.
Recipe: Berry grape jam and macadamia nut butter
Makes 2 small jars of jam and nut butter
¼ cup fresh Australian raspberries
¼ cup fresh Australian blackberries
¼ cup fresh Australian strawberries
¼ cup fresh Australian blueberries
¼ cup fresh Australian red seedless grapes
¼ cup chia seeds
1 tbsp freshly squeezed juice from an Australian lemon
1 tbsp honey
Macadamia Nut Butter
½ cup Australian macadamia nuts
Sourdough fruit toast
- Slice the strawberries and grapes into quarters.
- In a saucepan over medium to high heat, place the fruit and a slash of water, allow them to come to the boil, then reduce the heat while stirring, allowing the fruit to break down. Use a potato masher to gently press on the fruit to crush slightly.
- Stir in chia seeds, lemon juice and honey. The mixture should thicken thanks to the chia seeds. Remove from heat when it is a jam-like consistency and leave to rest.
- Place the macadamia nuts in a food processor and blend for a couple of minutes, or until the nuts turn into a nut butter consistency. Blend more or less depending on how smooth vs crunchy you like it.
- To serve, spread toast with macadamia nut butter. Layer with jam and enjoy.
Tip: If you don’t have all types of berries, use what you have equal to 2 cups of fresh Australian berries. The jam and macadamia butter make great all-natural gifts for health-conscious friends!
- Macadamia nuts are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. They are a tree native to Australia, and we now feed the world with our high quality macadamia nuts.
- Macadamias also help fight ageing with nutrients like manganese which helps support brain health, and plant sterols to reduce cholesterol. They also contain copper and magnesium which can boost your mood.
- A handful a day can help with long term weight management.
- Berries are packed full of anthocyananins, which help support our heart health.
- Raspberries & strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, folate and fibre. They boost brain health thanks to B vitamins. Also rich in magnesium for healthy muscles.
- Research suggests the antioxidants in berries help to neutralise free radicals, which is one of the leading causes of skin aging.
- Strawberries are high in vitamin C and manganese to protect against cancer and heart disease, and flavonoids which have been found to improve memory, enhance brain function and reduce cognitive decline.
- Grapes are a source of vitamin K for building healthy bones and strengthening immunity. Providing natural sweetness, potassium and a burst of hydration, grapes are a terrific post workout snack.
- Grapes also contain antioxidants like resveratrol, quercetin and catechin to support heart health and reduce the risk of some cancers.
Meet the grower from this episode
Sandra Lindstrom – Gympie, QLD
Sandra Lindstrom married into a farming family when she met her Sweedish husband over 30 years ago. The family initially began working in the forestry industry but saw an opportunity in horticulture and decided to make the jump. They currently grow macadamias which are native to the Gympie region in South East Queensland.
The original Goomboorian farm that is the home to Lindols Macadamias, has been owned by the Lindstrom Family since 1989. There are currently 11,000 macadamias trees flourishing on the property with the orchard growing continuously.
Investing in the future of the macadamia industry
Hort Innovation invests levy contributions from the macadamia industry, together with Australian Government contributions in the case of R&D, into Hort Innovation Macadamia Fund initiatives to improve and grow the industries.
You can read about these investments in R&D at the Macadamia Fund grower pages.