The stunning and fragrant blossoming of macadamia trees across the north coast of New South Wales and southern Queensland has hardworking growers like Cameron Wallace hopeful the next harvest will produce a stronger yield.
Cameron and his wife Tracy own and manage a small property in Bauple with more than 2,000 trees. He said the beautiful blooming plantations from the birthplace of macadamias are a welcome sight for an industry hit hard by years of adverse weather events.
âWeâve had a few challenging years, but weâre optimistic and positive that the recent run of disappointingly small crops will soon come to an end,â he said.
âFlowering is an important stage of the macadamia growing cycle. Between August and September each year, our trees bear sprays or racemes of small white or pink blossoms.
âWhen racemes reach full growth at 10 to 15 centimetres long, the flowers begin to open up and because theyâre quite small, we often rely on native bees for pollination which gives the macadamia its unique, delicious flavour.
âEach spray of 40-50 flowers can produce from four to clusters of 15 nutlets, depending on variety and penis enlargement surgery iowa pollination,â he said.
As few as three per cent of flowers can be converted to nuts and only half of those reach full maturity if conditions are not favourable.Â Cameron said while a fantastic blossoming is a good sign, it doesnât always guarantee a bumper bounty.
âA grower can still produce a significant crop from an average flowering. What we really need is a reasonable wet season unlike the torrential downpour weâve had in previous years. Weâre all keeping our fingers crossed that favourable weather conditions remain from now until harvest in February,â he said.
âAustralia is the birthplace of macadamias and like many local growers, Iâm proud to have the natural advantage of farming them in our very own backyard,â Cameron said.
Macadamias are the only native plant that has been developed and traded as a commercial food product with around 750 growers producing some 40,000 tonnes each year.
Australia is the world leader in production, research, marketing and development, and is the largest producer and exporter, delivering macadamias to more than 40 countries worldwide. Between $120 and $130 million worth of Australian macadamia products are exported each year.