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What are candle nuts?
Candlenuts are also known as Kukui nuts (hawaii), Kemiri (Indonesia) or Indian Nut.
Candlenuts (Aleurites moluccana) are a relative of Macadamia nuts and resemble them in appearance and in texture. They have a hard furrowed shell and the nuts are yellow, waxy, and brittle, much like their Macadamia cousins. They are so named because they used to be used to make candles. The name is sometimes rendered as two separate words, candle nuts.
The candlenut tree has both medicinal as well as edible uses. They are quite popular due to their culinary uses. The high oil content in the nuts makes them suitable for edible uses. It is generally used to thicken Asian dishes. The oils may also be used as lamp oil to be used as a source of light.
CHEMICAL AND NUTRIENT CONTENT
Candlenuts contain a wide range of nutrients. Due to this they are quite nutritious. Some of the nutritional contents in candlenuts include
significant amount of fats (50 grams per 100 grams of candlenut) and essential vitamins (Thiamine B1, Riboflavin B2 and Niacin B3).
The chemical analysis of candlenut reveals 52-60% oil in the kernel. The oils contain essential fatty acids. The leaves yield sterols, flavonoids and triterpenes. The presence of other complex organic acids and phenols has also been reported by experimental studies.
The various parts of candlenut tress are useful for their medicinal properties. The following are the health benefits that can be obtained from the consumption of candlenuts:
– Used in treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery
– Used as a cure for fevers, headaches and joint pain
– Acts as a laxative
– Helps in lowering cholesterol in the body
– Used in the cure of Arthritis
– Is used as a hair stimulant
MORE ABOUT CANDLE NUTS
Candlenut (also known by Aleurites Moluccanus) is a flowering tree in the genus Aleurites belonging to the family Euphorbiaceae. It is also commonly known as Indian walnut or candleberry. The tree can grow to a height of between 50 to 85 feet. The branches of the tree spread far and wide having alternate leaves having an acute apex. The average length of a leaf may range from 4 inches to 8 inches and are pale green in colour.