World Class Pili Nuts from The Cracking Monkey

Have you heard of the pili nut? Maybe you are wondering how it looks like or how it tastes like. A pili nut (Canarium ovatumis an edible part of the pili tree native in northern Australia, some parts of southeast Asia and Papua New Guinea. They are commonly cultivated and grown in the Philippines.

The Cracking Monkey (TCM) started in 2013 at Guangzhou, China after the Lozadas discovered the magnificent strange nut called pili. The Lozada family, the people behind the famous brand, previously lived in China and Hong Kong but they decided to relocate to the Philippines after falling in love with the beaches of Boracay. They also saw opportunities to grow the business in the Philippines. In 2015, they started the company and the brand in Romblon. Currently, the company has 160 employees of which it provides employment to Bicol farmers and supports the villagers of Tablas, Romblon in producing a world class Philippine made product.

The Lozada Family hails from Colombia. They are currently based in the Philippines.
The TCM factory (The Rising Pili) in Romblon. Valerie Lozada is the brand manager of The Cracking Monkey.
TCM Factory (The Rising Pili)
The Cracking Monkey Factory (The Rising Pili)

The pili nuts can be purchased on 5 different sizes: 300 grams (travel size), 500 grams (personal size), 1 kilogram (fun size), 3 kilograms (family size) and 5 kilograms (eco-friendly size).They are packed in manually sown cotton bags which aims to remove the use of plastics. It is not just trendy but earth friendly too. Every pack includes a patented nut cracker. The bonus part is that you can collect 8 limited edition stickers of The Cracking Monkey logo for every purchase.

The Cracking Monkey is available on different sizes.

As the Lozada family continues to expand the business in Europe and the Middle East, they hope that there will be more awareness on how amazing these pili nuts are. Here are some of the list of countries where The Cracking Monkey are present as of the moment:


  1. South Korea (E-Mart)
  2. Philippines
  3. Vietnam
  4. Azerbaijan

Middle East

  1. Israel


  1. Germany
  2. Netherlands
  3. Switzerland
  4. France
  5. Belgium
  6. Luxembourg
  7. Austria
  8. Spain
The Cracking Monkey in South Korean supermarket
TCM in high end supermarkets in Switzerland (Manor)
The Cracking Monkey in Israel
The Cracking Monkey in Israel (Hamama Market)
TCM in Germany
TCM in specialty shops in Netherlands
The Cracking Monkey in Duty Free Philippines
TCM is also available in Hong Kong
TCM is locally available in Kultura

They are also expanding soon in Russia and Turkey. Recently, The Cracking Monkey was nominated for the Fruit Logistica Innovation Award in Germany.  It was also featured on Israeli National TV. Truly, The Cracking Monkey is not just sharing the wonders of the pili nuts but also opens windows of opportunities for Philippines as a global leader in food industry. It is definitely a food with integrity.

TCM on Israeli National TV

For orders, you may contact the following numbers:

Landline: +632997-7840
Mobile: +639053076322 and +639283059943

You can also reach them through their social media pages:
Facebook: TheCrackingMonkey
Instagram: thecrackingmonkey

The verdict: It’s an ACE! I really like the concept. You can also re-use the bag and the nut cracker. It’s definitely a food with integrity!



66 thoughts on “World Class Pili Nuts from The Cracking Monkey”

  1. Liked this brand as a complete package!
    Will definitely give it a go.Thanks tennisfoodie!

  2. I’ve never heard of a pili nut before. Thanks for the story. I love nuts, so I might just have to give this new one a try.

  3. I’ve seen Pili used in beauty products recently although I’ve not tried the nut. I enjoy nuts and need to pick some up!

  4. We have read an article about the pili nut once and we were amazed by the properties of this product. We have a friend who lives in the Philippines who always tried to convince us to eat that! Considering that what you suggest is available on different sizes is perfect for us 🙂

  5. I’ve tried Pili nuts, and have been loving them SO much. They make a crazy creamy milk. I really like them.

  6. Very cool! Haven’t heard of this brand before, but will have to check it out. Not sure if they have a US presence though.

  7. I have never tried pili nuts before. I am always looking to try new things. I will have to see if I can get some this weekend.

  8. The name ‘The Cracking Monkey’ sounds so cute. I would love to try pili nuts. Unfortunately, Id on;t see a store in Malaysia. Will keep my eyes peeled for it though. Cheers!!

  9. Wow, I find this interesting. I have never tried to eat this and I am wondering if it has the same taste of Almonds since they are both nuts. I am looking forward to check this out and have a taste when I head over the countries where it is available.

  10. I have never heard of the pili nut! The company has grown fast! That’s good to see. I love the cotton bags. Not just because to avoid using plastics. But the bags are just awesome! I hope they’ll expand in Europe and then I’ll definitely buy the nuts to try it out!

  11. The Cracking Monkey and the pili nuts I have never heard of before. I am hoping they come to the U.S. some day so we can enjoy them too. It is awesome they use cotton bags and they come with a nut cracker. Thanks for sharing the information.

  12. I”m so ignorant. I have never known about pill nuts. It is nice to see that they work to safe the world somehow using cotton bags. We must avoid platic!

  13. I have never heard of a Pili nut but I love trying new foods so I want to get some. What nut are they similar to in look and taste? (I need a nutcracker too, so another win.)

  14. I love pili nuts among other nuts…everytime my hubby went to Bicol region he had always a pasalubong of this especially the sweetened one. And I want to try The Cracking Monkey’s Pili Nuts too because the packaging are nice and it looks yummy. What a perfect snacks!

  15. You know the best PILI-ng when cracking and eating the best nut together with someone special haha so, hope i win too thanks!

  16. I’ve never heard of the Pili Nuts and this brand – the cracking monkey, but their packaging looks so attractive. Even their name and logo is quite interesting.

  17. Since I hadn’t heard of pili nuts before, I did a little reading. Who knew they’d help with digestion, treat inflammation, balance cholesterol, and help prevent some chronic diseases. These I need to try!

  18. nuts just go well in the holiday season ; ) I’ll have too check out the Pili nut (never heard of it) my family would love to try this out for our next get together !

  19. Never seen or heard of pili nuts before. Would have loved to see a close up picture. Am intrigued now and would love to taste them.

  20. I have never heard of Pili Nuts, but will have to look for them. I love that they come in cotton bags, making it more earth friendly. More companies should follow this lead to cut down on plastic. Thanks for sharing.

  21. I’ve never been to the Philippines, but I do have a bucket list, so I’m definitely adding this place!

  22. I’ve never heard of these, but I’d love to try them! They look good. Fingers crossed I get to experience this someday! x

  23. I have never heard of that brand name before but really sounds great and I like their packaging most especially the Pili nuts.

  24. I have never had these nuts, probably because they don’t carry them here in the states but it looks really cute with the packaging.

    xo Sheree

  25. Well, I’ve never heard of the TCM or pili nuts (in the USA). I wonder if they taste anything like pine nuts. Sounds like this company has a very successful marketing strategy, though, with the product as well as the extras, like the nut cracker and collectibles.

  26. This post reminds me that I haven’t tried this for a long time.. will be back in the Philippines next month’ see u pili nuts!!!

  27. I have never heard of this before so thank you for enlightening me about these nuts and the product. From your list it doesn’t seem like it’s in America so maybe next time I speak with my international friends, I’ll ask them to send me some. Sounds like a good deal!

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