The fanciest of nuts by far, pine nuts are much more than for making pesto, as delicious as that might be. You can also sprinkle them, raw or lightly toasted, into a whole world of sweet and savory edibles.
Who knew? Pine nuts are in fact the seeds of pine cones, and they are not easily come by. The seeds can take anywhere from 18 months to three years to mature in the cones before they are extracted by hand and then stripped of their hard outer shell, all of which helps to explain the higher price tag that's worth every pretty penny.
After all, because they pack a lot of oil in their tiny shapes, pine nuts are exceptionally rich and buttery tasting-and also remarkably good for your heart, since they contain the same oleic acid found in olive oil. They've even been shown to curb your appetite when you nibble on them. Pine nuts are also incredibly versatile in the kitchen, boosting the flavor of everything from dips and spreads to pasta and pizza. They're terrific in traditional pignola cookies and other sweet treats, too, so you'll have no end of opportunities to reap their rewards.
Natural Pine Nuts
Product of China
Warning: Packaged in a facility that processes peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat and dairy products.
Serving Size: 30g (~1.1 oz)
Amount per Serving
|Calories from Fat||140|