Pine Nuts

Pine nuts, also called Indian nut, piñon, pignoli and pignolia are a high-fat nut that comes from several varieties of pine tree.

Pine Nuts: More Than Just Pesto

Pine nuts are grown in China, Italy, Mexico, North Africa and the southwestern United States. Because pine nuts are found deep inside the pine cone, they require heat for extraction.

There are two main varieties of pine nuts – the Mediterranean (or Italian) pine nut and the Chinese pine nut. With similar flavor, they can be used interchangeably in recipes.

In addition to their starring role in pesto, pine nuts also add unique flavor and texture to a wide variety of Mediterranean-inspired dishes including pastas, salad and roasted vegetables.

Pine Nuts: Just a Few Will Do!

With their addictive flavor and unique texture, pine nuts can add a lot to your everyday recipes.

But just a few will do!

Because they are high in omega-6 fats, they should be consumed in moderation and balanced out with omega-3 rich foods like sardines and other wild, sustainable seafood.

Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=616

Selecting and Storing Pine Nuts

Because of their high fat content, pine nuts turn rancid quickly. Store pine nuts in an airtight container and keep refrigerated for up to 3 months or frozen for up to 9 months.

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Kelley Herring, founder of Healing Gourmet, is a natural nutrition enthusiast with a background in biochemistry. Her passion is educating on how foods promote health and protect against disease and creating simple and delicious recipes for vibrant health and enjoyment.

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