Pili Hunters: Pili Nuts

Pili Hunters: Pili Nuts

Pronounced “peel-y,” the pili nut is a rich, buttery tree nut that is wild harvested from deep within the Filipino rainforest. Its taste is unique, often described as a cross between a macadamia nut and a cashew nut, but with a stronger, more tender flavor.

It’s sustainably harvested from the wild. You probably notice our product isn’t certified organic. That’s because our products are picked directly from the source. We don’t use organic pesticides, additives and absolutely zero preservatives. We’re 100% natural.

Here at Pili Hunters we believe in sourcing the cleanest, quality products while supporting the Philippines’ local eco-system and its people.



Certified Products:

[toggles title=”Himalayan Salt & Coconut Oil Pili Nuts”]The product that started the pili nut craze worldwide. This is it. Seasoned with Extra Virgin Coconut oil and a touch of Pink Himalayan Salt. If you’re a first-timer, this is the flavor to start with. [/toggles]

[toggles title=”Spicy Labuyo Chili Pili Nuts”]This flavor is a spicy twist to our classic pili nut. We’ve added a local Filipino chili, the Siling Labuyo to add some heat. It is virtually unknown to the rest of the world and is similar to a Thai Chili. At one time it was also known as the hottest chili in the world![/toggles]

[toggles title=”Rosemary & Olive Oil Pili Nuts”]Enjoy an herbal, savory blend with these rosemary nuts also tossed with a light coat of extra virgin olive oil.[/toggles]


Pili Hunters

Jason Thomas, Founder of Pili Hunters

While kite surfing in the Philippines, Jason Thomas - outdoor endurance athlete and founder of Pili Hunters - tried the delicious pili nut for the first time. He was so blown away by the rainforest-grown pili nut's rich, buttery flavor that he started sharing it with everyone he knew back home. Jason's mission became apparent: to introduce U.S. consumers to the nutritious, delicious, and sustainable Filipino pili nut.

Growing up in Barrow, AK, North America’s northernmost point, Jason worked on arctic construction projects, and he also hunted in the tundra and fished the open seas with Native Alaskans. After doing so, Jason set out to explore more of the world’s beautiful landscapes and its myriad cultures. He traveled extensively, from the frigid tip of Alaska to the warm beaches of Hawaii; from the desolate mountains of Patagonia to the most vibrant European cities; and from the dry Moroccan deserts to lush Southeast Asian jungles. During his explorations, Jason held several unique professional roles, including serving as a high-altitude mountain guide; an archaeologist’s assistant; a glaciology field hand; a commercial fisherman; a kite surfing instructor; and a rock climbing bum.

With 15 pounds of deep-fried pili nuts and a dream, Jason returned to the U.S. He spent the next few months driving from beach to beach in his swiftly aging pickup truck, surfing and passing out pili nut samples at west coast natural foods stores.

After quickly selling out of his pili nuts, Jason realized he was on to something. However, selling a deep-fried food just didn’t align with his personal philosophy of healthy living. Jason then returned to the Philippines to develop his own healthy pili nut recipe.

Jason forged a strong relationship with the locals, and they combined Jason’s love for the pili nut’s buttery flavor with his lifelong passion for nutrition. Shortly after, Jason started Pili Hunters, a company catering to outdoor endurance athletes, because the pili nut's extremely high oil content makes them a great energy source for long-distance events. In addition to powering outdoor endurance athletes, pili nuts have become a favorite healthy snack of individuals following the ketogenic diet (i.e., keto diet) because of the nut's high fat to low carbohydrate ratio.

From selling his first batch of pili nuts out of the back of his pickup truck to now offering an entire pili nut product line both online and in select retailers, Jason’s spirit of adventure is front and center in everything Pili Hunters does. We hope you enjoy the pili nut as much as we do - and that you join Jason on his mission to share this delicious and nutritious nut with the world!


Working Closely with Filipino Communties

At Pili Hunters, we have formed strong, ethical relationships with the communities that enable us to bring our delicious, activated pili nuts to your door.

In many of the Philippines’ rural communities, poverty drives villagers to turn to illegal logging and poaching to support themselves.

By purchasing pili nuts, we provide members of these communities with an environmentally friendly job - and a stake in the preservation of their natural surroundings. Unlike other rainforest-grown products, pili nuts rely on the health of the environment rather than its destruction; their cultivation encourages all involved to protect these gorgeous rainforests.

While the economic temptations of deforestation will always exist, our sustainable nut collection provides a valuable incentive for hard-working rural communities to continually rely on these time-tested, non-destructive harvesting practices.

Himalayan Salt & Coconut Oil Pili Nuts - Pili Hunters - Certified Paleo, Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients: Wild Pili Nuts, Organic Unrefined Extra Virgin Organic Coconut Oil & Pink Himalayan Salt
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Spicy Labuyo Chili Pili Nuts - Pili Hunters - Certified Paleo, Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients: Pili Nuts, Spicy Chili
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Rosemary & Olive Oil Pili Nuts - Pili Hunters - Certified Paleo, Keto Certified by the Paleo Foundation Ingredients: Pili Nuts, Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Organic Ground Rosemary, Himalayan Salt
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Questions or comments? We love hearing from our customers.

Use the form here to drop us a line!

Email: info@eatpilinuts.com

You can also give shoot us a text or call at 628-227-PILI (7454)

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Pili Hunters was founded on adventure and partnership. We started with a mission to share the incredible pili nut with the world and due to such a resounding response from our costumers and other partners, we're now offering a limited wholesale opportunity with other companies that share our values. We stand by fair wages to our Filipino partners, unwavering support to our keto community, and constant awareness of our contributions to the incredible environment we call home. We strive for equity in all things and if your company's vision is aligned with ours, let's chat.

Send a request to info@eatpilinuts.com and include "Wholesale Inquiry" in the subject.

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Established in 2010, The Paleo Foundation was first organized for the purpose of improving the tolerability of the paleo diet, and to help adherents easily identify products that met its basic tenets.  Since then, thousands of products have been certified through the Certified Paleo, Keto Certified, and lab -tested Grain-Free Gluten-Free certification programs.



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The ketogenic diet is a restrictive, demanding diet that can be difficult to maintain, and tolerability of the ketogenic diet is the single most important factor limiting individual acceptance for initiation.  Therefore, improving the tolerability of the ketogenic diet is crucial to preventing diet discontinuation, warranting further investigation into methods for improving palatability, improving the availability and convenience of foods that are compliant with the ketogenic diet, as well as addressing cultural and social acceptance.

The Keto Diet product market may be in a unique position to improve tolerability, especially in social and cultural environments that typically feature carbohydrate-rich “special occasion” types of foods. In 2016, the Paleo Foundation launched the world's first Keto Certified program for products with standards that were developed for adherence to a classical ketogenic diet.