He boils this fruit until the seed inside is exposed and the meat inside the seed was cooked. After boiling, my father will give each of us a hammer to finally crack the seed open and eat the meat inside.
What is this fruit/seed that I am talking about? It is the PILI NUT. Pili is a native tree in Bicol and my father says that the tree grows quite tall. The nut, which is the seed inside the fruit, is so hard to crack that you need a hammer to pound it open. Once you open the hard shell, what you will get is the tasty white meat inside the pili nut.
These days, I always receive pili from an office mate. Not the hard pili nut but this:
This is pili tart and it is made from pili nut. The taste of pili tart is just ok, however, I can’t recognize the taste of the pili nut because the tart is stuffed with breading. You might think that I am complaining. No I am not, I actually like the pili tart but I like it more if my office mate give me the glazed pili nut, which is cooked in caramel. Glazed pili nut is my favorite pili nut product.
Sweet glazed pili nuts.