The kukui, or candlenut, tree is native to Malaysia and Polynesia and was introduced to Hawaii by early settlers. It is Hawaii's state tree. Kukui nuts are poisonous without proper preparation and the flammable oil from the nuts can be used for soap, preservatives and varnishes. The kukui nut can also be set on fire and used as a candle. You can eat kukui nuts after you have roasted them.
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
Arrange your kukui nuts on an oven-safe pan or baking dish.
Put kukui nuts in the oven when the oven has reached 325 degrees. Roast them for 90 minutes.
Remove one kukui nut from the oven and crack it open. It is done if it is dark brown inside. If the nut is not done, check a new nut every 10 minutes until they are done.
Tips & Warnings
- Never eat raw kukui nuts, which are poisonous.
- Kukuis, even when roasted, should be consumed in small quantities due to their laxative effect.
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