Cashews. Each region in the Philippines has their own special delicacy. Cashews are known to be the best"pasalubong, " or a homecoming gift if you're coming home from a vacation in Palawan. We bought cashews from Puerto Princesa previously, but the best cashews in Palawan, by far, are the ones from Coron. The best place to buy them from is right straight from the factory of L. Escarda's Coron Harvest.
We were surprised by how popular this place is. Photos of local celebrities and media people's pictures were plastered on the wall at a small yet colorful waiting area filled with stuffed toys. By the time, we arrived one evening, the cashews were all sold out.
We had to go back the next day to buy some. Rest assured, that the stock is new each day. It's habitual that cashews here are gone and shelves are wiped empty before closing time.
We found the owner and her workers busy packing the hot from the wok, freshly roasted cashews the following morning. Mrs. Lita Escarda started the business in the 70s. Now at the age of 76 years-old, she continues to manage and supervise her successful business, while teaching her grandsons how to run it.
|L.Escarda's Coron Harvest , Cashew Factory and the owner herself, Mrs. Lita Escarda|
These cashews are homegrown and rain-fed on the islands. The extraction of these from the fruit is not an easy task.
Cashew Flavors: They offer a free taste test to see which you like the most.
- Garlic (very crunchy),
- Sun Dried,
- Brittle (Sweet and cooked with honey),
- Bandi (Traditional way of cooking the cashews, sweetened and caramelized with a hint of coco flavor),
Price: Roughly, Php 700 per kilo (US $ 17 / Eur 13 per kilo) and you can have them re-packed according to the number of grams you need. There are readily packed ones in smaller grams from Php 200-350.
Where is it? How to get there?
It's in Barangay Tagumpay, Coron Town, Palawan, Philippines, right next to the famous Santino's restaurant. A tricycle ride from the town proper to the factory is approx. Php 18 per person one way (US 50 cents / Eur 0.40)
In case you wish to order in advance..
Mrs. Lita E. Escarda - Proprietress
Mobile no.: +63 908 1043645
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tip: After shopping for cashews, head over to Santino's Restaurant for their wonderful food! Please reserve a table in advance, because it's always packed, especially on weekends.
**This is not a sponsored post. I just found these cashews rather addictive--please be warned that once you start eating them, it's difficult to stop even for those who are not fond of nuts.
Have a great weekend!
Love & light,