Is there really anything better than sitting in the shade of a macadamia nut tree and cracking nuts amongst friends? If you don’t know, then it’s definitely time for a trip to Purdy’s All-Natural Macadamia Nut Farm in the Hoolehua District on Molokai. This five-acre farm, owned by Tuddie and Kammy Purdy, offers endless opportunities to learn about planting, growing, and harvesting macadamia nut trees. Throughout that journey, you’ll get to sample the trees’ bounty and many other products made onsite.
The Purdy’s have been at it since the early 1980s, so you can trust that they’re plenty knowledgeable. They’re a bit quirky, too, especially Tuddie, who has a no-nonsense vibe and a straightforward way of stating things. To avoid any sass, just keep the questions to a minimum. If you’re not worried about backtalk and dry humor, though, ask away. There’s plenty to learn if you can read between the lines.
Each tour follows a set course, so don’t try to deviate from the schedule. The Purdy’s will first lead you around the farm to look at their 50 old-growth nut trees. They’ll share fun facts about macadamia nuts as you walk along, including when and how people began cultivating them. If you’re lucky, you will see them harvest a few mac nuts, which simply involves picking them off the ground. They never pull the nuts off the tree, so they ensure every last one is at peak ripeness.
Once you make it back to the production area, you’ll get to learn how to crack open macadamia nuts and even try it yourself. You can sample the raw nuts that you crack open to see what they taste like right off the tree. The Purdy’s will also provide samples of their roasted nuts, honey, and other amazing products. Be sure to try each one in the order they’re presented to you to get the full experience and avoid messing up their system.
Items you may get to try include:
Natural Macadamia Nuts
Available raw and roasted, the Natural Macadamia Nuts have the perfect level of sweetness and a truly unique crunch. They’re the ideal snack to take on the trails, to the beach, or anywhere your adventures take you. These nuts are also excellent for baking or putting on top of salads if that’s your thing.
Macadamia Blossom Honey
Macadamia Blossom Honey has the perfect level of sweetness in every last drop, making it a must-have pantry staple. This honey comes from the pollen bees collected from the mac nut tree flowers. This helps build exquisitely fresh floral undertones that pair well with the rich honey flavors.
Macadamia Honey Mustard
Why stop at honey when you can have Macadamia Honey Mustard? With its perfect balance of sweet and savory, this condiment elevates burgers, hot dogs, and so much more with ease. After getting a taste, you’ll undoubtedly want to put it on everything, so it’s probably best to get more than one bottle.
After you finish all the samples, the Purdy’s will invite you to head into the gift shop and buy whatever suits your fancy. All their top products are on the shelves, ready for you to enjoy on your trip or take home as gifts to family and friends. If you start hankering for their mac nut deliciousness down the road, you can buy more through their website upon returning home.
-The credit card machine only runs on Saturdays. Be sure to bring cash to avoid being unable to buy anything.
-The cats and kittens on the farm work hard at keeping vermin away. So, definitely avoid feeding them and petting them while you’re there.