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Pilinuts are a kind of high-grade nuts grown in the Bicol Peninsula, Philippines. The shell is a bit like the shell of an olive. Roasted with caramel or butter, the nuts are crispy, fragrant and sweet, and taste much better than the more common almonds and cashews.

Pilinuts trees are mostly grown naturally in volcanic areas, not commercially, which makes their production limited and supply erratic. Pilinuts oil is extracted from the pulp and is used in the same way as coconut oil and can be used as an essential oil.

Olive honeysuckle commonly known as Pilinuts, is a tropical olive genus. With an average length of 20 meters (66 feet), the tree has a high resin content and can withstand strong winds. The ovary of Pilinuts flower contains 3 ovary compartments with 2 ovules each, in most cases, only 1 ovule will mature. Due to factors such as soil, climate, and environment, it grows only in the vicinity of volcanoes in the Philippines. Therefore, its annual yield (with shell) is only 1,200 to 2,000 tons and that of kernels is only 120 to 200 tons.

The Pilinuts tree is one of the most important nut trees in the Philippines. Its geographical distribution remains limited to areas close to the center of origin. As a result, the factories that produce the fruit are limited to a limited area in the Philippines. There are at least four varieties of Pilinuts in the Philippines, with Canarium Ovatum being the most important. The Philippines is the only country in the world that commercially produces Pilinuts and has a monopoly in the foreign market for Pilinuts processing. Many of the Pilinuts suppliers or producers come from the southern Luzon region of Bicol. But other parts of the Philippines have also developed commercial Pilinuts farms.

Pilinuts can be eaten directly, or with champagne, caviar to enjoy the taste of endless. Pilinuts oil extracted from the peel is similar to coconut oil and can be used as an essential oil.

In Indonesia, especially in The Minahasa and Molucca islands, Pilinuts are used to make cakes, which are very expensive. Pilinuts are also used in chocolate, ice cream, and baked goods