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Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the Week for December 15, 2009

Certified Farmers Market Fresh Pick of the week: California-Grown Macadamia Nuts!

Macadamia Nuts
are this week’s Fresh Pick of the Week, and although most Americans think of our fiftieth state, Hawaii, when they think of Macadamia Nuts, ours are grown locally by the folks at MnM’s Nuthouse in nearby Fallbrook, California. MnM’s Nuthouse is a family-owned and operated farm, started by Tom Cooper back in the 1970s, and now run by his son Mark, and his wife Margie. The Coopers are committed to the concept of buy local, eat local, and although their farm is not certified organic, their Macadamia Nuts are grown in a sustainable environment with no chemicals or pesticides. They also grow avocado, cherimoya, apple, plums, pears, assorted citrus, guava, potatoes, vegetables and herbs on their family farm in Fallbrook.

Did you know: Macadamia Nuts
(and the trees they grow on, Macadamia trees) originated in Australia, and are the only edible native nut-producing trees from that entire continent! Macadamia Nuts are considered the KING of edible nuts because of their delicious flavor, but the nuts are also quite nutritious; containing the highest amount of beneficial monounsaturated fats of any known nut variety in the world. Recent research indicates that Macadamia Nuts can lower total and LDL cholesterol levels in humans.

Macadamia Nuts are also highly prized in the world of skincare because the oil from the nuts contains approximately 22% Omega-7 palmitoleic acid, which makes it a botanical alternative to mink oil (which contains approximately 17% Omega-7 palmitoleic acid).

Price: $4 per package, and up; available at all three markets.

Of Note: MnM’s Nuthouse is also the only undedicated research station for Macadamia trees in the mainland USA, and has 38 varieties growing on the farm. Varieties from Australia, Hawaii, Israel, Costa Rica, Mexico, and California are under examination.

Sidebar:

The Certified Farmers Market is sponsored by the Palm Springs Cultural Center. It operates in three locations, and on three different days of the week, as follows:

- On Saturdays in Palm Springs, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, adjacent to the Camelot Theatres in the Palm Springs Mall parking lot at 2300 E. Baristo Road at Farrell.

- On Sundays in Old Town La Quinta, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at 78100 Main Street, just a few blocks west of La Quinta City Hall off Calle Tampico.

- On Wednesdays in Palm Desert, from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm, at the Palm Desert Visitor Center, 72-567 Highway 111.

The Palm Springs Cultural Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which was established to encourage the development of the cultural arts in the Coachella Valley with a specific focus in the areas of film, fine art, live performance, dance, music, and community festivals. The Center is dedicated to advancing education, to nurturing community-wide participation in the cultural arts, and to sponsoring scholarship awards for deserving individuals.

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