Note:  Do not rely on this information. It is very old.


Candle-nut, the seed of Aleurites triloba, a tropical Euphorbiaceous tree, originally native to the Moluccas and the South Pacific. The fruit is fleshy and two-chambered, each chamber containing one nut. The nut contains a large proportion of a palatable drying oil known as kekune oil in Ceylon, as kukui oil in the Sandwich Islands, and as country-walnut oil in commerce. It is exported as lamp oil from the Sandwich Islands to San Francisco, and is said to be equal to colza. The dried kernels strung on reeds are used as candles by the Polynesians.