This is a pili nut.
It is a tree nut, although technically a seed.
And tastes like a macadamia but even more buttery!
Pili trees grow wild
on volcanic soil in
Did you know pili trees
require typhoons to
shake them up so they
can bear more fruit?
Extracting this Filipino nut requires precision that only human hands can deliver. The Bicolanos call this age-old process 'pagtilad' which is cracking the tough shell using a bolo or a pili nut cracker- accurate, rhythmic and graceful.
Pili nuts grow in the Bicol region of the Philippines. This filipino nut is buttery and can be made in many pili nut products. Traditionally they are made into caramelized pili nuts, but today you can find pili nut butters too.