What Are Pili Nuts? Here’s Everything You Should Know

You probably already have your kitchen stocked with a variety of different nuts: almonds, cashews, pistachios—you name it. One you might not have heard of, though? Pili nuts. Here’s why you’re about to see them everywhere.

The Scoop on Pili Nuts

Found mostly in Southeast Asia and Northern Australia, the buttery nuts are considered a complete protein—just like most animal-based protein, as well as plant-based goodies like quinoa, seitan, soy, and buckwheat. Since they’re high in protein, calcium, potassium, and heart-healthy fats, they’re one of the most nutritious nuts around. It just so happens that the tasty powerhouse was kept on the DL until recently.

Pili nuts in their hard shells.

Pili Nut Benefits

Because of all its properties, pili nuts have some pretty impressive benefits. While the fiber aids digestion and antioxidants decrease inflammation and boost your immune system, the healthy fats can help balance your cholesterol and up your brain power. That’s not all, though: The nut’s high magnesium levels (more than any other nut!) could also play a role in helping you sleep at night.

How to Find ‘Em

So, by now you probably want to know how you can get your hands on some pili nuts, right? Luckily, it’s about to get super easy: The nut is already showing up on store shelves in many different forms. You can now buy salted or flavored nuts from Pili Hunters (there are even spicy chili and turmeric flavors!), pili nut butters, and  a creamy pili nut-based yogurt (that’s totally vegan!) available from Lavva.

You might not be able to find pili nuts in the bulk section of your favorite grocery store quite yet, but keep your eyes open. The buzzy food is definitely worth adding into your diet.

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