China’s largest growing macadamia region already has as many trees in the ground as Australia does. It could be some years though before the country reaches the same production level of Australia, or that of current world industry leader, South Africa. The Australian Macadamia Society’s chief executive officer, Jolyon Burnett, estimates it could take 15 years, if not sooner…Full Article: ABC Rural Oct 2014
- As of 2014, approximately 70% to 80% (~6 million trees) of China’s macadamia production takes place in Yunnan Province.
- Starting in 1993, the Yunnan Institute of Tropical Crops began a macadamia breeding program. The program hopes to produce thin shelled (ease of hand-cracking) and high fat content (>70%) macadamias.
- China is a fast growing market for macadamias, rivaling the EU and USA, which have been relatively stagnant markets. In general, China prefers importing macadamias in-shell as opposed to kernels.