Originating from South East Queensland, Bunya Nuts are kernels from the cones of the native Bunya Pine, although unlike the name suggests – the tall tree is not related to the Pine family but more closely to the Monkey Puzzle tree.
Traditionally eaten raw or roasted, Bunya Nuts are gluten-free and used widely in many recipes from pancakes, biscuits and breads, to casseroles, 'bunya nut pesto' or hoummus. The nut is considered nutritious with complex carbohydrates, protein, potassium and a small amount of magnesium. Its unique flavour is likened to starchy potato and chestnut.
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