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Polynesian Pili Nuts

Polynesian Pili NutThe following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness.

The tasty and nutritionally rich pili nuts have long been considered a valuable addition to the diet of Pacific people. Luckily, in recent years, people from all over the world have become interested in this truly versatile ingredient that can spice up a variety of foods.

In this YouTube video Matt & Angela from The Raw Food World show you what the Polynesian pili nuts look like, plus they discuss a little about their nutritional value, and about the creamy, smooth consistency of the nuts when they are blended.

Where does the pili nut come from?

Harvested from tall, evergreen trees native to the Philippines known as pili trees (Canarium Ovatum), the delicate kernel is cased in a hard shell and borne in a fleshy and fibrous drupe. Pili fruits are easily recognizable when ripe by their dark, thick skin.

This precious nut appears to have an extended history as a food item, yet unfortunately, most of it remains undocumented. While it continued to be a mere garden plant for many generations, and was scantily cultivated, modern awareness of its health benefits coupled with its unique, nutty flavor and rich, oily texture have eventually led to the successful commercial cultivation of the pili nut.

What are the health benefits of consuming pili nuts?

The wonderful pili nuts will not only delight your taste buds with their ample flavor, but will also fortify your body. They can 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. Moreover, the complete protein content is a notable bonus for vegans who are looking for ways to increase their essential amino acids intake and protect their muscle tissue. And last but not least, its rich mineral content may help regulate your body's internal environment and keep your organs functioning within optimum ranges.

In this YouTube video Matt & Angela talk more about the consistency of the nuts when used in elixirs and green smoothies, etc. They talk about using a countertop stone grinder to make pili nut butter, and that because of the pili's high oil content the nut butter looks like a spreadable chocolate sauce when at room temperature and a little like Nutella when hardened. They compare it's changing consistency to how coconut oil changes consistency based on the temperature.

How do we eat the pili nut?

Crispy when roasted, smooth and rich when raw, pili nuts are an important ingredient in many oriental desserts. While they can be consumed as they are or added to virtually any kind of bakery product to improve taste and texture, the people of the Philippines use pili nuts as a major ingredient in a traditional Christmas cake known as "bobengka". The Chinese use the delicious nut to prepare "mooncake", a festive sweet very popular during the Moon festival, which occurs in Mid-Autumn.

Raw foodists worldwide, grind pili nuts to prepare a healthy alternative to dark chocolate. They can add a savory, nutty edge to raw banana ice-cream, being a gratifying and nutritionally denser replacement for almonds. Raw pili can have purgative effects, and that makes it a great choice for people undergoing a detox. Pili nut chocolate crunch, pili butter spread, pili tart, pili nut candy, pili nut brittle are just a few of the many tempting and ingenious desserts that will explore the great culinary potential of this oil-rich nutrient-dense nut.

You can get Polynesian Pili Nuts right now at The Raw Food World by clicking HERE!

The above information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. It is valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes. The statements above have not been evaluated by the FDA (or your country's equivalent). Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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