Macadamia Ternifolia (also called the Queensland nut) is a tropical evergreen tree native to the coastal rainforests of Australia. The eminent Australian botanist, Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, named it after Scottish chemist, John Macadam (1827 – 1865). Aborigines called the tree kindal kindal, and feasted on its rich flavored nuts.

Macadamia trees thrive in volcanic soils. They are now grown commercially in Hawaii, where they were introduced in 1882. They are also cultivated in parts of Africa, South and Central A