Uncle Tuddie (be sure that’s two d’s) makes sure a visit to Purdy’s Natural Macadamia Nuts Farm is entertaining. He’s a born raconteur who will regale you with mac-nut lore, including a rundown on its health benefits and the origins and growing cycle of the trees. All the while his hands are expertly cracking a handful of the tough nuts at a table in his 5-acre orchard.
Then he gives you a chance to crack. It isn’t so easy. But you’ll get to sample, too.
Chances are the radio’s tuned to Molokai’s Hawaiian music station. A fire of clippings and dropped leaves smolders in the orchard. This is Hawaiian homestead land, which Purdy’s family bought decades ago. He was born on Moloka‘i, and he’ll tell you about the island, too.
You can also buy a bag of nuts, roasted or unroasted, salted or plain, or mac-nut honey from the tiny shop.