Where do Pine Nuts Come From?
Although you probably won’t find any of edible size on your Christmas tree, pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees. A pine tree takes 15-20 years before it starts to produce the seeds, which are most often harvested by hand from wild trees, which leads to their hefty price tag!
Pine nuts, like other seeds, are rich in heart-healthy fat. They also help boost immunity (Vitamin C), build stronger bones (Vitamin D) and support healthy vision (Vitamin A).
Pine nuts are fine to eat when raw, but toasting them lends a nice flavor that compliments a variety of dishes. You’ve probably tried pine nuts in pesto – they are used to achieve that nutty flavor and creamy consistency when blended with fresh basil and olive oil.
Ready to try cooking with pine nuts? Try this week’s vegetarian Spaghetti Squash with Feta & Chickpeas - it features toasted pine nuts tossed in with super-healthy squash “pasta”.
- Alivia Duran
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