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Pine Nuts

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Preparation, uses, and tips

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.

Varieties

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.

Nutrition Highlights

Pine nuts (dried), 10 nuts
Calories: 10
Protein: 0.43g
Carbohydrate: 0.25g
Total Fat: 0.91g
Fiber: 0.081g

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