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Manila’s Great Dried Fruit & Nuts Store

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This is where I buy all my nuts for eating and baking.

You can say I’m nuts for nuts. They make up a large part of my eating plan, I use them in baking, and they’re an all-around terrific source of protein and nutrients. Procuring a good nut supply in Manila however, poses quite a challenge. The nut supplies in supermarkets are faded versions of their former glories and I’m suspicious of retailers who package their nuts in plastic bags and then store them on the floor.

FruittiNutti is a prayer answered for all nut freaks like myself. Opened just last May, the store’s tagline is “Your Healthy Food Choice,” and my, what choices there are! Walnuts, macadamias, pecans, pistachios, cashews, and almonds in all forms – whole, sliced, slivers, and almond meal for making macarons.

Elaine Gatchalian is the self-described “health nut” responsible for this wonder store. Her family has been importing dried fruits and nuts for almost 20 years, supplying food companies and commissaries. “It was but a natural progression that we venture into retail,” Elaine explains, “since we’d get asked if we could sell on a smaller scale. This is our chance to provide our retail customers with that.”

FruittiNutti’s interiors are as fun and whimsical as its name. A small space utilized to the hilt, it’s done in very on-trend colors of aqua, chartreuse and coral. Affirmative words, possible life mantras – Wellness, Vitality, Energy, Life – are written in flowing script on the walls and a single LCD TV displays videos extolling the benefits of natural foods. Simple shelves are stocked with bottles and rudimentary labels. The products speak for themselves, as it should be in a store such as this, where choices present possibilities that are naturally good for the body and soul.

The store’s signature mixes are especially tempting. These are nut and fruit combinations created by Elaine that balance color, texture, and flavor. The Cherry Berry Munch mixes cherries and cranberries with almonds; while blueberries, almonds and cranberries compose and color the Red, White, and Blue Munch. Both mixes are unsalted and raw (unroasted). The fast-selling Original Trail Mix is the sole selection that’s lightly roasted and lightly salted, its medley of almonds (sliced and slivered), pistachios, walnuts, and two kinds of raisins makes for a mix that’s many a taste sensation. I like eating this out of hand or sprinkling over my morning cereal.

FruittiNutti also has some products that are worth exploring and experimenting with. The aqua-hulled sesame seed isn’t the usual generic kind. It remains white even when exposed to heat and is terrific for making benne wafers (sesame seed cookies), incorporating into a biscotti or bread dough, or garnishing homemade burger buns. I’m also fascinated with the dehydrated potato products of which there are potato granules, flakes (instant mashed potatoes!), flour (gluten free), dices, slices, and shreds. The only other ingredient needed to utilize these is one’s imagination.

As I scan the chiller looking for my favorite nut, Brazil nuts, Elaine assures me that those are coming soon as well as other products including a dairy-free, gluten-free creamer, and a whipping cream made from almonds and cashews; definitely something worth waiting for.

And don’t forget, nuts are best stored in the refrigerator or, for longer storage, in the freezer.

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FruittiNutti
Unit 7, 8 Jade Bldg.,
Santolan Rd., Greenhills,
San Juan City
Coming from Ortigas going towards Gilmore, turn left at the Santolan-Ortigas intersection. Drive down a few hundred meters until you see a red building on the left.

(02) 234.0872
Open daily, 9am-7pm.
fruittinutti@gmail.com

 

30 Responses to “Manila’s Great Dried Fruit & Nuts Store”

  • Aaaah!!! Can’t wait to check them out! :)

  • Lori! This post is heaven sent! Dried fruit is surprisingly hard to find even in major supermarkets, and I’ve been searching everywhere both for baking and for my, umm, attempt at a lifestyle change (fine, diet). :)

    Thank you SO MUCH for this post :) :) :)

    Lori Reply:

    Hi Maro,
    Funny, but someone also told me today – in your exact wording – that “…your post is heaven sent!” Guess there must be quite a few of us who are attempting some tweaks to our lifestyle. Really, you must go to FruittiNutti. I’m impressed with their selection and quality.

  • BRAZIL NUTS.

    I am SO there.

  • i cannot not care for nuts. they’re versatile and nutritious. thanks for sharing this nutty secret, lori.

  • I adore nuts even if I’m allergic to them. Whenever I get naughty and consume it, I always have Claritin on stand by. I love it in pastries because they add texture. Oh, and can i also mention Trail Mix? I enjoy preparing it as much as eating it. Almonds, cashews, M&M’s, Gummy Bears, raisins, and dried cranberries put together make a great snack.

  • Wow great find! Thanks Lori this would be great for my macarons! ;-P

  • Is there cranberry in the store?

    Elaine Gatchalian Reply:

    Yes – we do have cranberries.

  • Thanks so much for this post, Lori! Any idea if I can order online and if they’re willing to ship nuts and dried fruits within the country? Thanks :)

    Elaine Gatchalian Reply:

    Hi – yes we do ship nationwide and you can order online through our email address (fruittinutti@gmail.com). Thanks!

  • Hi:

    Do you already have brazil nuts available?

    Elaine Gatchalian Reply:

    Brazilnuts are coming in late Sept. 2013.

  • hi! im just wondering how much is the almond flour? and quantity of 1pack?

    FruittiNutti Reply:

    Hi Hannah – sorry for late reply but yes, we do have almond flour; 1 pack is 500 grams at 450 pesos.

  • hello is your date fruit with seeds or without? Ty.

    FruittiNutti Reply:

    We have U.S. pitted dates (without seeds).

  • Hi!

    I’ve been looking for establishments that sell blueberries for a very long time, how much is the price per container?

    Thanks.

    Francis

    FruittiNutti Reply:

    Hi Francis, our dried blueberries are available in 100, 250 and 500 gram packs.

  • Hi! Can I have a pricelist of your products?

    Thank you! :)

    FruittiNutti Reply:

    Hi – please email me your email address so that we can send you our pricelist.

  • Hi, how much your walnuts?

    FruittiNutti Reply:

    Walnuts are pesos 450/500 grams.

  • Hi! Do you sell ur goods online? If so, do u have almond flour available?

    FruittiNutti Reply:

    Yes, we do also sell online (shipping charges to your account) and we do have almond flour available at pesos 450/500 grams.

  • Do you ship your products?

    FruittiNutti Reply:

    Yes, we do ship our products via Xend.

  • Hi!

    Do you have dried figs and how much is it?

    Dried apricots and dates as well. Thank you

  • Hi, we do have dried dates; apricots are only arriving next month. figs are out of stock. Thanks!

    Ken Azana Reply:

    pls send me price list of your products.

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