Who knew? I never knew that Mexico produced Macademia nuts, but getting them to market can drive you… uh… nuts!
Esther (From Xico):
Getting them out of the interior shell is the really hard part. One day we came home to find our neighbor Ismael drenched in sweat sitting on our curb hammering away. It wasn’t a hot day. I want to tell you, each nut is a big deal. Ingrid, his wife, and their three kids were watching. Ismael gave us a nut. That was extremely generous, given the labor involved. Macadamias get a good price, but it is hard-earned.