Pine nuts are the small, elongated, edible seeds of pine trees that grow in the cold, wild Northern hemisphere – especially Canada and Siberia. When raw, they are a creamy white colour with a delicate nutty flavour.
Pine nuts are a good source of energy and heart healthy monounsaturated fats. They are rich in vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects our cells of our mucous membranes and skin from the ravages of free radicals. They are also a good source of B complex vitamins vital for a healthy metabolism that turns food into energy efficiently. Pine nuts are also high in many essential minerals, including copper, iron, magnesium and especially manganese – needed for healthy nerves, a healthy immune system and blood sugar regulation.
Great right out of the bag as a snack, or added to salads, vegetables dishes, granola, cookies and trail mix. They are often lightly toasted to exult their flavour and to add a bit of crunch.
Keep shelled pine nuts in the refrigerator to avoid spoilage.