Pine nuts can be eaten raw or roasted. Raw pine nuts are creamy white and have a slightly
resinous flavor that is eliminated by roasting. Raw pine nuts are ground and used to make
Italian pesto sauce. Pine nuts can be roasted in a 350°F (180°C) oven or on top of
the stove until golden brown. Pine nuts are used in salads, stuffing, and other savory dishes,
and can be used to make cookies, breads, and desserts.
Buying and storing tips
Since pine nuts are often harvested by hand, they are often very expensive. Pine nuts are
invariably sold shelled and raw. Since they go rancid quickly, be sure to buy them in stores
with a quick turnover rate. Raw pine nuts should be stored in a tightly sealed container in
the refrigerator where they will keep for up to one month. In the freezer, pine nuts will keep
for up to three months.
There are several varieties of pine trees that produce pine nuts, including the umbrella
pine or stone pine. Most edible pine nuts grow in Southern Europe, particularly Italy and
France, although some also grow in Spain, Portugal, and the southern United States.
Pine nuts (dried), 10 nuts
Total Fat: 0.91g
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