Pine Nut


Classification: Pinaceae Other names for Pinus pinea Stone Pine, Edible Pinenut, Umbrella Pine Introduction Many species of pines bear edible pine nuts. These nuts are actually the kernels which are released when pine seeds are cracked open, and each cone usually has numerous seeds. Different pine species have different sized seeds, different ease of cracking and different flavours – the worst tasting strongly of turpentine. Pine nuts are very nutritious and have been an integral part of the native diet in many parts of the northern hemisphere for thousands of years. There are at least 18 species that produce edible nuts. [...]