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Starbucks City Mug Naga - Pili Nut

The City of Naga is an independent component city in the Bicol Region of the Philippines. The city was established in 1575 on order of Spanish Governor-General Francisco de Sande, the city, then named Ciudad de Nueva Caceres, earned its status as the third Spanish royal city in the Philippine islands, after Cebu and Manila. Naga is nicknamed as the "Heart of Bicol" for its geographical location near the center of the Bicol Peninsula. It is the second largest city in the Bicol Region in terms of population and the religious, financial, educational, trade,and commercial center of the Bicol Region. Naga City is at the core of Metro Naga, an official designation given the City and 14 municipalities in the area administered by the Metro Naga Development Council. Naga City is the Bicol Region's top tourist destinations not only because of Peñafrancia Festival, it is also a convenient disembarkation point and base for other tourist destinations in the southern Bicol Region like the Caramoan, Camarines Sur, the upscale resort of Misibis, butanding (whale shark) watching during their migration in Donsol, the white sand beaches of Sorsogon and surfing beaches of Catanduanes provinces.

Pili nuts come from the Pili tree (Canarium ovatum Engl.). Native to the Philippines, the Pili tree is a hardy rainforest tree that bears a nut with a very hard pointed shell, which houses the creamy, yummy nut. Pili nuts have a rich, buttery flavor, often said to be superior to that of almonds. Slender, with a length of around 2-1/2 inches and a diameter of around ¾ inches. Though no one knows exactly when Pili nuts were first cultivated, we can still get a glimpse into their origin if we picture an ancient tropical rainforest, untouched by modern advances. Natives of the Philippine archipelago were the first to gather Pili nuts growing wild below the tall jungle canopy. These ancient inhabitants of the Philippines used the kernel for food and boiled the pulp of the nut to make it edible. At some point, these ancient people began planting Pili seedlings near their huts. A handful of insightful farmers began selecting larger seeds to be planted, thus beginning the process of domestication for human consumption. Despite this long history of cultivation, the Pili nuts remained in their homeland, commonly used fresh in cooking or heavily steeped in salt and sugar. Only more recently have high quality, organically-reared Pili trees become available to consumers worldwide.

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