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KUKUI

The kukui or candle nut (Aleurites molucana) has such a high oil content, up to 70%, that they are strung on ribs from palms and used as candles in Malaysia and Indonesia.

Candle nuts are also know as Kukui (Hawaii), candleberry, kemiri nut (Indonesia), lumbang, and varnish tree.

They are also used as a thickening and stabilizing agent in curries, and have a similar taste and texture as macadamia nuts.

The name 'varnish tree', refers to the use of the oil in paints and varnishes.

 

 

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