Hereâ€™s a quick run-down on pili nut delicacies from Legazpi. I brought home several packages of each type of confection. In the back left corner of the photo are some coconut macaroons with pili nuts on top. They were a bit like less sweet flattened bucaio with piliâ€¦chewy, sweet and tasty. In the back center are some pastry boats with pili praline or paste in the hollows. They were tasteless and not something I would buy again. The back right corner are chopped pili nuts in a caramel coating and sliced and individually wrapped in paper. Murder on your teeth as they are as sticky as taffy and the paper is a pain to remove. However, they tasted great and I could easily finish 10 in one go.
The candied pili nuts on the first row came directly from our farm or its nearby surroundings. Front left is pili nut brittle in DARK caramelized sugar. These were wrapped individually prior to this photo. Excellent but again, wicked on the teeth. The center bowl on the front row has sugared pili nuts with bits of finely chopped pili mixed with sugar. These were really good. Finally, the front right bowl had individually caramelized pili in a lighter color of caramel. If you do buy pili nuts, eat them almost immediately as they tend to go rancid pretty fast. I wish someone would spend the money to research how to stabilize these nuts and take them globalâ€¦I think they could stand up to the macadamia nut in many different guises or preparations!