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Candlenuts – Kemiri – Noix de Bougie

Finally I made two photos of candlenuts as I promised a week ago or couple days ago.
Several Indonesian recipes are called for candlenuts (Aleurites molucanna) as one of ithe ingredients. It is used to be added to give the flavor as well as a thickener, such as Indonesian curries and sambals (Indonesian style chili paste). Candlenuts is an Indonesian waxy nut that looks similar to a large hazelnut. Shelled candlenuts (Aleurites molucanna) are commonly sold in Asian food markets. Although they superficially resemble shelled macadamia nuts, they should not be eaten raw because they contain a strong purgative. Apparently roasted seeds are eaten, but only in small quantities because of their laxative effect.

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The seed of candlenut (Aleurites molucanna) contains about 50 percent oil. This is why it ignites and burns like a candle. The ancient Polynesians brought this tree to the Hawaiian Islands where it has become naturalized. The dried nuts were cracked open and the seeds were skewered onto the midrib of a coconut frond (or slender bamboo stem) and set on fire. The Polynesians used them for candles that burned for about 45 minutes. Hawaiians also extracted the oil for many other uses: to shine and waterproof wooden bowls, to mix with charcoal to make black canoe paint, to burn as torches, and to burn in stone lamps for light. In the Hawaiian Islands candlenuts are known as “kukui nuts” and are polished and made into shiny dark brown or black bracelets and leis. Hard-shelled kukui nuts take such a brilliant luster that they resemble polished gemstones.

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If you can’t find candlenuts for purchase, it can be subtituted for raw brazil or macadamia nuts. Thanks to http://waynesword.palomar.edu/tungoil1.htm .

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10 thoughts on “Candlenuts – Kemiri – Noix de Bougie”

  1. I've never been able to find any candlenuts here. But in fact, there are available in an Indonesian shop in the city. Well, I guess, I am just behind the Indonesian cooking at present. Will wait for your dinner meme. I'll link your blog.

  2. I’ve never been able to find any candlenuts here. But in fact, there are available in an Indonesian shop in the city. Well, I guess, I am just behind the Indonesian cooking at present. Will wait for your dinner meme. I’ll link your blog.

  3. Great to find your blog! Thanks for leaving comments on mine. I've tried cooking with candlenuts in Indonesian recipes but I must say I'm a little afraid to. I once made a dish and made sure I cooked it thoroughly, but I felt very ill late in the night. I wondered if it wasn't the candlenuts. Is there a rule about long they must be cooked to get rid of the toxins? Now I'm just using macadamia nuts as a replacement. Thanks, Jonny

  4. Great to find your blog! Thanks for leaving comments on mine. I’ve tried cooking with candlenuts in Indonesian recipes but I must say I’m a little afraid to. I once made a dish and made sure I cooked it thoroughly, but I felt very ill late in the night. I wondered if it wasn’t the candlenuts. Is there a rule about long they must be cooked to get rid of the toxins? Now I’m just using macadamia nuts as a replacement. Thanks, Jonny

  5. Hi Jon,
    Thanks for leaving a comment here.
    I have to ask you one question. Did you roast or toast those candlenuts before you used them?
    Never use them when they are still raw.

  6. Thanks for you info on Candlenuts. I just made a yummy peanut sauce and was trying to find them. I ended up using the macadamia nuts instead, and they were also a good addition.

  7. Thanks for you info on Candlenuts. I just made a yummy peanut sauce and was trying to find them. I ended up using the macadamia nuts instead, and they were also a good addition.

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