Pine nuts are a key ingredient in pesto. They are also really great eaten as a snack and added to salads. They're a great addition to pastas, grains, and pizzas. In Italy, they are baked in cookies. In the Southwestern United States, pine nuts are brewed with coffee. They contain good amounts of protein and fiber. Their taste is slightly sweet with an oily mouthfeel. They have been eaten since Paleolithic times.
Pine nuts are prone to turning rancid, so seal them in a container or Ziploc bag and keep them in the refrigerator.
In North America, these pine species produce large, edible nuts:
• Pinyon pines
• Gray Pine
• Torrey Pine
• Sugar Pine
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