Macadamia wins stamp of approval
AFTER winning over swimming heart throb and Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan, the Australian macadamia's iconic status as a world famous native food has been recognised by Australia Post.
A new stamp series, Farming Native Plants, has been released by Australia Post and includes a stamp featuring macadamia nuts in husk and as kernel.
“The Australian Macadamia Society (AMS) has been campaigning for almost 20 years to have the macadamia recognised on a stamp and we are delighted to have that goal finally realised,” AMS CEO Jolyon Burnett said.
“When AMS life member Ian McConachie first approached Australia Post almost 20 years ago, he was told that only Australian plants could be put on Australian stamps”.
However, few foods could be more uniquely Australian. The humble bauple/bopple, or Queensland nut as they are also known, was used as a food for special occasions by Aboriginal tribes for over 30,000 years, and was one of the first items traded by indigenous people with white settlers who prized their crunchy, creamy taste.