Sunday, October 9, 2011
The CC had never heard of them before he went to the Philippines.
They have a very high fat content, and are completely unique in taste. The best way to describe it would be like the bastard love child of hazelnuts and brazil nuts.
They are a delicacy because they have an incredibly short shelf-life (that's because of the high fat content which would cause them to go rancid quickly in the hot climate of the Philippines.)
They are frequently blanched and turned into sugary desserts but they could equally well work in a savory dish like any other nut.
Needless to say, they are quite impossible to find outside the Philippines.