Hustle to make room in your nut hatch for Pili Nuts, the best thing to hit your tongue since that first childhood macadamia straight out of the gift box from your aunt's trip to Hawaii. Enter the pale and suave Pili. "Excuse me," says the Pili nut, "my amazing texture and flavor put your macadamias in their proper place as just a pretty good nut." This Pili is a delicate yet rich treat, so buttery it seems deep-fried, so smooth you'll never look the same way at those old dependable cashews again. And with a kick of siling labuyo chili, rumored to be an aphrodisiac? Insanity.
Comparing pilis to macadamias doesn’t even really do them justice. If you’re into metaphors, here are a few: Pili nuts are like pure freeze-dried sweet butter. Pili nuts are like toasted clouds. Pili nuts are like the softest most voluptuous featherbed you ever slept on, except somehow crispy-beyond crispy, and buttery-beyond buttery. Hmm, even the metaphors are falling short. Suffice it to say that there’s a new nut in town, and it will redefine what you thought was possible for your mouth to experience.
Okay, I’ve gotten your attention. But there’s more. Not only are pili nuts miraculous to eat, they’re also amazingly nourishing and beautifying. They contain high levels of heart healthy omegas, all 8 essential amino acids and a treasure chest of bio-available vitamins and minerals, including more magnesium and vitamin E (the skin vitamin) than any other nut. Volcanic pilis are also rich in sulphur, known as the beauty mineral, and essential for building collagen. Pilis are so nutrient dense, they should rightfully be called a supernut (like a superfood or superfruit).
Pilis used to be difficult, sold only in the skin and completely raw. The flavor was awesome once you got past the bark and mess. But here you are with this bag in your hand.
These pilis are completely skinless, pre-sprouted and lightly dusted with deep pink Himalayan salt and a touch of siling labuyo chili, an incredibly flavorful Filipino wild chili. I now crave pilis almost every day; there’s something about them that’s so profoundly nourishing, rich and light all at once. I nibble these slowly, savoring every melt-in-your-mouth morsel, although sometimes I eat a small handful at once, knowing that I’m doing something wonderful for my body.
Pilis are going to be big, like goji berry big or chia seed big. But the quality will be questionable when mass production is somehow wrestled out of the land. Enjoy this nut now, in its prime, knowing you might only enjoy it with this kind of amazing nutrition and sustainability for a little while, and that's really OK. Support your small producers and maybe we can have pilis for a long time.
Harvested from tall, evergreen trees native to the Philippines known as pili trees, the delicate kernel is encased in a hard shell and a fleshy and fibrous outer skin.
Pilis have been eaten as food for quite some time, but the full nutritional benefits were only recently quantified. Here we go....
Pili nuts provide significant amounts of essential fats, complete protein, vital electrolytes, such as sodium, magnesium, and potassium, as well as calcium and phosphorus, which are crucial to the formation and maintenance of bone tissue. Healthy, essential fats support a healthy heart, lower blood cholesterol and help eliminate plaque that builds inside arteries. These pilis are pre-sprouted, which makes them extra-nutritious.
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