Through the effort of Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and its provincial government, the province has developed a technology that offers a simple method of producing oil from pili nut pulp.
The innovation, which is now introduced by DOST, is made up of simple cooking and filtration tools that process oil extracts from freshly harvested pili nuts using minimal heat.
According to Melinda Yee, the leading producer of pili nut pulp oil here, the process retains the aroma and natural green color of pili pulp, and with that, the resulting oil can be considered of premium or virgin quality.
Yee is maker and distributor of Leslie Organice Pili Oil which is now enjoying wide patronage in the local market and gradually penetrating the international market because of its various nutritional, pharmaceutical and cosmetic uses.
She said that she started producing the organic oil in 2004 after discovering the pili pulp contains an essential oil that can be used as salad dressing and shortening, as well as the base for canned sardines and other food preparations.
Pili-pulp oil has many uses. In fact researches proves that the chemical and nutritional analysis of pili-pulp oil compared with olive oil reveal that has more beta-carotene content, a source of vitamin A and caroteneoids, phytosterols and tocopherols (vitamin E).
These substances are known as powerful antioxidants that protect cells and neutralize unstable free radicals. It is also a good source of protein, iodine, minerals and calcium.
Pili oil can be used as an alternative to help cure different kinds of diseases like, muscle pain and arthritis, it also prolongs the onset of wrinkles and helps prevent acne and pimples.
Right now, raw pili pulp oil sells at P500 per gallon. [via DOST]