Visiting a pili nut factory near Naga City

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Workers prepare pili tarts
Workers prepare pili tarts

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.

Fried pili nut
Fried pili nut
Delicious pili in syrup
Delicious pili in syrup
Pili tarts prepared by hand
Pili tarts prepared by hand
PIli tart shells
PIli tart shells
Want to eat these?
Want to eat these?
Shells that will find its way as tarts
Shells that will find its way as tarts
Preparing the dough for the tarts
Preparing the dough for the tarts
Some of the finished products
Some of the finished products

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.

J.Emmanuel Pastries
Jacana St. RJ Village
Haring, Canaman,
Camarines Sur, Bicol
Philippines
(6354) 474.5160
[email protected]

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6 thoughts on “Visiting a pili nut factory near Naga City

  1. Hi Estan, we would like to Invite you over to Tablas Island one day and come and see our Organic Pili Nut farm with over 300,000 Pili nut trees planted now, and 200,000 Cashew nuts being planted in progress, with many inter-crop in-between visit us online, and lets connect, thanks. We also have many stingless bee hives now to assist in pollination.
    http://www.organicpilinuts.com

  2. I love pili nuts, and missed to play with the wooden cover when I was young boy in Bicol, and can be eaten the cover pulp, boiled in coconut milk. Ang Sarap.
    How much it would cost me to order a box of pili roasted in syrup(honey nuts). To be shipped in Jacksonville, Florida, USA
    Thank you

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