Frequently Asked Questions

★ What are Pili Nuts and Kenari Nuts?

Pili Nuts (pronounced pee-lee) are sustainably grown in the Philippines in rich fertile volcanic soils. They’re harvested from fruit that grows on the flowering Pili Tree (Canarium ovatum). Pili Nuts have a rich, slightly crunchy, but also a smooth buttery texture. They melt in your mouth!

Kenari Nuts are from the same nut family as the Pili Nut (Canarium Amboinense Hoch) and are a native to Eastern Indonesia. They’re harvested from wild Kenari trees which flourish in the fertile soil of remote active volcanic islands across the Spice Islands region. Kenari Nuts are bigger than Pili Nuts, have a smooth, buttery texture and also have distinctive layers. They crumble in your mouth!

Both the Pili Nut and Kenari Nut are quickly becoming regarded as a superfood nut around the world! Their health benefits are magnified by the exotic and sometimes harsh terrain in which the Pili and Kenari trees thrive. The fertile, micronutrient-dense soil where they grow provides the Pili and Kenari trees with the perfect essential inputs allowing the nuts to become packed with vitamins and minerals.

★ What are the health benefits of Pili and Kenari nuts?

Pili and Kenari Nuts are quickly being regarded as the healthiest nuts in the world! If you do your research, you’ll quite quickly see that internationally these nuts have many further health claims and benefits than what we specify here. We have done our research, completed independent NZ lab testing of our Pili NZ Pili Nuts, and with the help of our NZ food labelling consultant, we only talk about the health claims that meet the strict NZ food labelling standards. Google the health benefits of Pili and Kenari Nuts to see what others overseas are saying about these nutritious morsels.

Mount Mayon Premium Pili Nuts have excellent levels of Vitamin E, are a source of Magnesium, rich in fats and are low carb. In fact, Mount Mayon claim their Pili Nuts to have the lowest net carb of any nut!

East Forest Kenari Nuts have high levels of Vitamin E, are a source of Magnesium, Manganese and Phosphorus, as well as being rich in fats and low carb making the Unsalted and Salted flavours Keto friendly. They also contain 7 of the 9 essential Amino Acids!

Pili NZ Pili Nuts are high in Vitamin E, Magnesium, Manganese and are a source of Vitamin B1. They also contain 16 Amino Acids, including 8 essential Amino Acids. They contain 2.1g net carb and 16.9g fat per serve! We got our Pili Nuts independently tested here in NZ, so you can trust us when we say they've got the goods.

All our nuts are:
Activated to remove the phytic acid allowing the nutrients to be more readily available to our bodies.

100% natural, non GMO, Gluten Free, Vegan friendly.

Make for an extraordinary addition to any wholefoods diet!

★ Are Pili and Kenari nuts organic?

Our nuts are naturally grown without harmful chemicals of any kind!

Mount Mayon Pili Nuts are certified non-GMO, HACCP, Halal, Kosher, and Vegan.

Our Pili NZ Pili Nuts are grown naturally on farm land in the Philippines using traditional farming methods that require no fertilizers, pesticides, or chemicals of any kind. 

There are no internationally accepted organic certification organisations in the Philippines, however, since the Pili trees are grown in a natural way, they should be considered very much organic. 

East Forest Kenari Nuts are EU and USDA organic certified.

★ What makes Pili and Kenari nuts more expensive than other nuts?

Pili and Kenari Nuts are notably more expensive than other varieties of commercially grown nuts. This is because of the time, energy and money it takes to get these extremely labour intensive little delights into our hot lil hands. There is a huge amount of manual work done by locals to get the Pili and Kenari Nuts from tree to table.

One Pili or Kenari fruit provides only one nut. Workers climb up the high trees and shake the fruit down to the ground  from the remote forest canopy (the trees are high and can reach around 30m!) The nut shells are then dried, and then de-shelled/shucked by hand due to the shell being so hard and the nuts being so fragile. The whole process is incredibly labour intensive, but this is also great because it supports local communities!

We can assure you that you’re buying PREMIUM Pili and Kenari Nuts that have been given a whole lot of love! 

Lastly, being such a premium and sought after nut, they’re in hot demand around the world. They’re rapidly expanding in markets like the US, Europe and China, therefore we have to compete with other markets to get them here.

Pili and Kenari Nuts are not to be compared to your average nut..... They're a high-end premium food which is organic, sustainable, wild sourced and in hot demand world wide for not only their amazing flavours and textures, but also dietary properties. 

★ Are Pili nuts and Kenari nuts good for the Keto diet?

Yes! Pili and Kenari Nuts are known to be a favourite healthy snack for those following the ketogenic diet. 

The Pili Nut is said to contain the highest fat and lowest carbohydrate content of any nut! Mount Mayon Pili Nuts contain 21.5g of fat and 0.9g net carbs per serve!

Kenari Nuts contain 20.5g of fat and 1.0g net carbs per serve!

(Please note - These are for the Natural and Salted flavours)

All of the Pili NZ Pili Nuts are keto friendly aside from the Coco Sugar and Cinnamon flavour.

- The Natural flavour contains 16.9g of fat and 2.1g net carb per serve.

- The Himalayan Sea Salt contains 16.7g of fat and 2.1g net carbs per serve.

- The Turmeric flavour contains 16.8g of fat and 2.2g net carb per serve.

★ Are Pili and Kenari nuts sustainable?

Yes! Pili and Kenari trees only need rain water to sprout and grow! Unlike many other varieties of commercially grown nuts, they do not require irrigation. In fact, Pili and Kenari trees thrive in harsh conditions. They’re said to be a ‘stress crop’: the harder the wind blows, the more nuts they bear!

★ What happens if I'm not happy with my order?

If you're not happy with your order, we would love for you to contact us direct via our email ( and we will work with you to sort it out. Obviously, we want happy customers.

How about those shipping costs, can you make it lower?

Unfortunately the cost of shipping is something we can't avoid and have to pass on to you our customer when supplying through an online store. We understand these are something no-one likes to pay, but we do our best to keep rates as low as possible and not be too cost prohibitive.

We are aiming and working to get our product into stores, so hopefully you'll be able to get them in a store near you soon! 


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