I love pili nuts. I love them covered in sugar syrup, as tarts or as mazapan, a kind of sweet. I love pili nuts fresh from it’s shell or dried. Or roasted or with salt and pepper. To those visiting Bicol especially Naga City, pili products are the norm. And what is usually expected as pasalubong.
But knowing how it is prepared? Makes you love these more. When we were touring Naga City courtesy of Naga X (for excursions, a part of Naga City Tourism), we were brought to the J. Emmanuel factory in Canaman, a neighboring municipality. There, we saw how these pili nuts were being prepared, fried, and packaged.
The J. Emmanuel kitchen is clean and orderly. Different tables are busy preparing pili tarts and different products and you can see these step by step from start to finish. Downstairs, they also have a showroom where you can also buy.
J. Emmanuel Pastries is one of the big producers of pili products for the pasalubong market and have various food items found at their main office and many outlets around the city of Naga. Check their website for locations.
Jacana St. RJ Village
Camarines Sur, Bicol