Jephir Treks America: Bumbling Through Central America

A 6 week adventure in gastronomica, sights, and observation.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Back to Valhalla

A return to the Macadamia nut farm Valhalla outside Antigua for another tour of the location.
Super long blossoms equal super long nut clusters equals tons of macadamia nuts!

You can tell which type of Macadamia tree you're looking at by the end of the branches - intrafolia and tetrafolia.  Intrafolia isn't used as much because it produces year round, but is much better suited to small scale production in indigenous villages in Guatemala, something our tour guide Ben is attempting to facilitate.

Nancy-Maria making use of the superduperhightech nut size sorting machine

Nut drying rack - the nuts usual dry from a couple weeks to a few months depending upon humidity, etc.
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