Going nuts over Queensland macadamias

SUCCESS: Geoff Chivers took out the reject kernel large grower category.
SUCCESS: Geoff Chivers took out the reject kernel large grower category.

QUEENSLAND has taken out the state of origin for a second time this year, winning an interstate macadamia competition.

Australian Macadamia Society chief executive officer Jolyan Burnett said while a macadamia state of origin was a unique concept, they were happy to steal ideas from anyone.

"Each year we have a statewide competition and an interstate competition."

This year Queensland took out five of the six awards.

"Queensland won the state of origin quite convincingly," Mr Burnett said.

The competition has three categories. In the first category the judges consider sound kernel per hectare.

"This is a measure of how much good crop a grower can produce," Mr Burnett said.

The second category judges the percentage of the whole white kernel produced by a nut.

"A good kernel is great for chocolate- dipping macadamias," Mr Burnett said.

The third and final category is the kilo of reject kernel per hectare.

Mr Burnett said growers wanted that to be as low as possible.

The competition is judged each year by the Australian Macadamia society.

"We compare the nuts across all the processes and announce the winners," Mr Burnett said.

One of the standouts this year was a small grower from south-east Queensland.

"F&L McGovern produced 1.67 tonne of sound kernel and 15kg of reject kernel, winning them both the sound kernel and the reject kernel categories for a small grower.

"Not only can the McGovern's produce a lot of kernel, they produce very high-quality kernel as well."

Mr Burnett said some growers produced less than one tonne of sound kernel and produced 60kg of reject kernel per hectare.

The reject kernel large grower competition was won by Bundaberg local Geoff Chivers. Kernel percent small grower winner was John and Emma Brugman. The large grower winner was N&K Colfax.

The whole kernel competition for a large grower was taken out by Dorey and Sons.

"The one grower to crack two tonne and join the prestigious two-tonne club," Mr Burnett said.

"Producing 800 hectares is the average for growers, Dorey and Sons were able to produce more than twice this."

Topics:  horticulture macadamia

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