What Do Pili Nuts Taste Like?
“The texture is soft, buttery, and melt-in-your-mouth,” says Thomas. “The pili nut is considered a drupe (a fleshy fruit with thin skin and a central stone containing the seed). It’s kind of a mix between all nuts: a hint of pistachio, rich like macadamia nut, etc.” (Related: The 10 Healthiest Nuts and Seeds to Eat)
They can be served raw, roasted, sprouted, sprinkled, stir-fried, purred, baked, blended into butter, as well as coated in delectable dark chocolate or other flavors. Pili nuts can even be found in a creamy, dairy-free/vegan yogurt alternative called Lavva. You can also utilize them in your skin-care routine for anti-aging properties. Skincare brand Pili Ani, crafted by Rosalina Tan, consists of a line full of creams, serums, and oils derived from pili tree oil to moisturize skin.
You can find them nestled in the aisles of health food stores and larger corporations such as Whole Foods. Of course, you can also buy them online. (Thanks, internet!) Generally, they cost about $2 to $4 per ounce. Pili nuts are more expensive than most other nuts because of all the preparation prior to reaching consumers.