Pili nut is a popular native variety of nuts in the Philippines. It is a tropical tree which is abundant in the Bicol region. The fruit, has thin, shiny skin that turns purplish black when ripe.
Some bikolanos steamed the ripe pili fruit in a lukewarm water to soften the pulp. It is edible and often served with soysauce or bagoong (fish sauce) and match it with any viands for lunch or dinner.
The pili nut kernel is the most important part of the fruit. When eaten raw, it is crispy and milky. But the usual concoction of the pili nut can be roasted, fried,or coated with sugar. It is a popular "pasalubong" of bikolanos.
A number of processed pili products are currently available in local markets - pili tarts, roasted nuts, sugar coated, fried, pili candies, and other baked products with pili nuts on top.
Some basic products of Bicol are cassava, corn, abaca, coconut and pili nut. Manufacturing industries who are into food preservation, loom weaving, furniture making, woodcraft, fiber craft, shell craft, pottery, rattan craft and pili confectionery used these raw materials.
Go to our directory section should you want to get ahold of the Bicol made products like native bags, slippers, sandals, furnitures, decorative items, souvenirs and gifts, sweets and delicacies, and other Bicol products.