Hawaiian Pili Nuts-- Raw and in the Shell!
Try some of our In-Shell Hawaiian Pili Nuts to experience the pili nut in its natural form! We sell them in quarter pound bags that allow you to get a taste of this very limited supply run. These beautiful nuts come in the rock hard, gorgeous brown shells that are found at the center of the pili fruit. They’re fresh and ready to eat, but don’t expect the process to be easy. Traditionally, pili shells are sliced open with machetes, so it would require near superhuman strength to open them up with a nutcracker. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, but be prepared for a challenge! If you’re not looking for a test of your nut cracking ability, the dark, marbled wood of the pili shell makes it a magnificent material for a household ornament or decoration. We’ve seen astonishing necklaces and works of art fashioned out of their unique material.
Unlike the rest of our products, our in-shell nuts are not harvested in the Filipino Rainforest, but are instead grown on farms on the beautiful Hamakua Coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. The Hamakua Coast is a unique, little known region of Hawaii. In contrast to much of the rest of the state, the region has rugged, rocky coastline, with cliffs rising out of the sea like skyscrapers. Further inland, the landscape is made up of steep, imposing mountains and valleys, and dense forest encroaching upon the remnants of old sugarcane plantations. We are happy to support pili nut farming in this area, both to bolster the economy of the region after the decline of its sugarcane industry, and to support a more sustainable model of agriculture that works in cooperation with the native rainforest. We get our Hawaiian Pili Nuts from our good friend Stephan Filipiak, an accomplished surfer and natural farmer. We hope that when you see one of our In-Shell Hawaiian Pili nuts you will appreciate the wild and majestic atmosphere of the Hamakua coast that created it.