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Pili Nut

Canarium ovatum

A delicious and still unknown tropical nut. The purple-black fruits are about 2-3" long with the large edible seed inside.

Seed Availability

Seeds are not available for the Pili Nut. Please visit our seed store to view current selections. Seeds were last available in August 2016.


A large tropical evergreen tree growing to 50-60ft.


Not frost hardy.

Growing Environment

Thrives in tropical climates, with considerable rainfall and consistently warm temperatures.


By seed. The tree is fairly difficult to propagate other ways and only a small number of named varieties exist.


The delicious nuts are edible, having a warm flavor much like that of a roasted pumpkin seed. The nuts are used in a variety of desserts, baked goods, and most commonly eaten roasted.

Native Range

Native to the Philippines. The tree is not commercial grown, but the burgeoning commercial industry surrounding the nuts comes from wild collected fruit.

Related Species

Canarium ovatum
Pili Nut