in use are 'bauple' or 'bopple nut' (after Bopple Mountain ),
'bush nut', Mullumbimby nut' and 'Queensland nut'. After
plantations were established in Hawaii, the Americans also
called it the 'Hawaiian nut'.
European to discover this nut is now attributed to the explorer
Allan Cunningham in 1828. The German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt
recorded the tree in 1843 and took a sample to Melbourne which
is now in the National Herbarium. However, it was not until 1858
that British botanist Ferdinand von Mueller and the director of
the Botanical Gardens in Brisbane, Walter Hill, gave the
scientific name Macadamia intergrifolia to the tree - named
after von Mueller's friend Dr.John MacAdam, a noted scientist
and secretary to the Philosophical Institute of Australia.
so the story goes, asked a young associate to crack some nuts
for germinating. The lad ate some and claimed they were
delicious. Hill was under the impression that these Bauple nuts
were poisonous and after a few days, when the boy showed no
signs of ill-health, he tasted some himself, proclaiming he had
discovered a nut to surpass all others.
These were the
first recorded Europeans to eat these amazing nuts.
cultivated the first Macadamia intergrifolia in the Brisbane
Botanical Gardens, also in the year 1858. It is still alive and
bearing fruit today.
Hawaiian Story obviously had to start from Australia. As far as
is known the first importation of seed was between 1881 and 1885
by William H. Purvis. These seeds were planted at Kukuihaele in
the Hamakua district on the Island of Hawaii. These seeds came
from between Gympie and Mt. Bauple