27 Feb2011

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Who would have thought that a small ceramic bowl filled with green sultanas or raisins would be such eye candy? The bowl is from Putik by Pettyjohn, the green raisins from Nutsylicious. I first purchased the green raisins last December from the Nutsylicious stall at Mercato Centrale (in Fort Bonifacio on weekend mornings), and used them in various baked goods over the holidays. They are also a great addition to a home made trail mix of dried fruits and nuts.

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Another find were these miniature dried figs that have an almost crisp and crunchy exterior and moist sweet interior. In many places, these tiny figs might command a relatively modest price as the bigger juicier ones get a higher grade, but I was really intrigued with these. They might work well in cookies or baked bars. Possibly ice cream as well. But just have a jar around with figs, raisins, dried mangoes, banana chips, nuts, etc. and those would make a far more nutritious snack than a pack of potato or corn chips…

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I have always wondered why the selection of dried fruits and nuts in Manila have historically been so appalling. Particularly when they have a pretty good shelf life and are very reasonably priced in many parts of the world. So I am happy that more and more folks are selling and hopefully buying from purveyors such as Nutsylicious, so that the array of ingredients in the Manila gets better and better. Nutsylicious also carries almonds, walnuts, macadamias, pistachios, filberts, etc. Just make sure to taste any nuts you buy to ensure that they are still fresh, and haven’t gone rancid. Nuts are best stored in the fridge or freezer in tropical climates.

Nutsylicious
245-5212
245-0151
347-1014
nutsylicious@yahoo.com

 

COMMENTS:

  1. yazi says:

    wow! delicious! Can we also find the same kind of nuts in The house of nuts located in sm cebu? Have you tried one mm?
    *Im the first to comment.. what an achievement.. :)

    Feb 27, 2011 | 2:38 pm

     
  2. Marketman says:

    House of Nuts does carry a nice selection of Nuts as well, but I haven’t seen either of these dried fruits at HoN…

    Feb 27, 2011 | 2:48 pm

     
  3. yazi says:

    out of topic question mm, what is the minimim amount of lechon I can purchase in zubochon? im planning to try it later but I’ll be going alone. Im afraid I cant finish 1kl of lechon. :)

    Feb 27, 2011 | 2:54 pm

     
  4. Didi says:

    They can do deliveries!! We asked them to deliver walnuts for my mom :)

    Feb 27, 2011 | 3:00 pm

     
  5. Marketman says:

    yazi, I think they allow half kilo purchases at BTC mall in Cebu. At PHP450 a kilo, that would be PHP225. But you are too late for today, I would think. They do a brisk business in the morning and lunchtime on Sundays, and all fresh lechon is usually sold out by 3 or 4 pm at the latest. They will only have frozen lechon left and that is in one kilo packs. You may wish to call them first to find out what lechon, if any remains at this time… Try 5835699 at BTC mall. Thanks. Didi, cool, that’s great to know.

    Feb 27, 2011 | 3:19 pm

     
  6. joyce says:

    first pic i suspect are raisins from xinjiang, china. if i remember correctly i asked them at mercato centrale where they sourced their raisins and walnuts and the salesperson said china.

    Feb 27, 2011 | 8:31 pm

     
  7. Marketman says:

    joyce, wow, that’s a revelation. I had no idea they made raisins in China. First foie, now raisins… what don’t they make I guess is the right question. :)

    Feb 27, 2011 | 8:37 pm

     
  8. millet says:

    those figs look yummy! i think a good soak in rhum or brandy will make them yummier.

    Feb 27, 2011 | 9:57 pm

     
  9. Peach says:

    It would be nice to have those figs in a cheese platter. Thanks for the tip!

    Feb 27, 2011 | 10:29 pm

     
  10. Mila says:

    Hi MM, the raisins from the northwest region of China are pretty well known around the country. The Uyghurs travel all over the country selling kilos of the raisins and dried fruits and nuts (walnuts, almonds, etc). The raisins are very good. Nice to know they’re selling them back home.
    That region is also famous for the sweetest Hami melons.

    Feb 27, 2011 | 11:12 pm

     
  11. anna,ilocos says:

    hi MM. i have some mixed nuts, can i reheat them to restore crunchiness? tnx

    Feb 28, 2011 | 11:28 am

     
  12. nina says:

    china produces a lot of dried fruits and other delicacies which they use in their cooking. I won’t be surprised if they do raisins as well. I see a lot of dried fruits from china here but is never tempted to try… Probably because the products are in chinese print and i can’t figure out what they are.

    Feb 28, 2011 | 9:33 pm

     
  13. doris says:

    they indeed have lots of those green raisins here in china and they are good as snacks or if you just have that feeling of munching on something. :-)

    Mar 3, 2011 | 7:26 pm

     
  14. sher says:

    Hi MM, does Nutsylicious also sell Pistachios? thanks

    Jul 29, 2011 | 9:29 pm

     
  15. nuts says:

    @sher…. yes we are selling Pistachio also…

    Nov 5, 2011 | 2:08 pm

     
  16. nuts says:

    @marketman…. Thanks for the Blog!!!!!!!!!!!!…

    Nov 5, 2011 | 2:10 pm

     
  17. Maria says:

    Hello

    I am new in Phill and live in Tarlac i am looking for the following items to make my Christmas fruit cake
    candied Ginger peal
    candied orange peal

    if you can help me it would be wonderful

    thank you

    Nov 11, 2011 | 5:04 pm

     
  18. Jenny says:

    Marketman, do you know where can I find distributors of all kinds of nuts like Macadamia, cashew, pistachio, walnut, almond, pecan, hazelnuts? Iam planning to put up a small baking supply store in my hometown and im looking for a potential supplier .. thank you

    Jan 7, 2013 | 4:43 pm

     
  19. Marketman says:

    Jenny, don’t know any direct importers or wholesalers, but you should see Sweet Haven on Boni avenue, they have a pretty complete baking supplies store… and you can get an idea there what you might have to stock…

    Jan 7, 2013 | 10:54 pm

     
 

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