Pine nuts have a delicate sweet and nutty flavor that complements many recipes. Blend these fresh pignolias into a creamy pesto sauce, or add them to cookies and baked goods for a nutty crunch. Roasting the pine nuts will bring out their unique flavor, making them perfect to toss on salads, pastas, and other dishes.
How to Eat Pine Nuts
Pine nuts are delicious as a snack on their own, added to trail mixes, or tossed in baked goods. They also make a crunchy topping for salads and pasta dishes. Try them cooked with vegetables such as spinach for a nutty twist. Pine nuts are also a key ingredient in pesto sauce.
How to Toast Pine Nuts
Pine nuts are commonly toasted to intensify their mild nutty flavor. To toast pine nuts in the oven, bake them on a flat tray at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-10 minutes, stirring them occasionally to ensure they’re evenly toasted and golden brown.
Alternatively, to toast pine nuts in a dry skillet, cook the pine nuts over medium-low heat for only a few minutes, until they are lightly browned and be careful that they don’t burn (small nuts heat up quickly)!
Roasted pine nuts go well with vegetables, on salads, and in pasta dishes. Pesto sauce is usually made with unroasted pine nuts, but roasting the nuts can add a unique and deep nutty flavor.
Pine Nut Nutrition
A one-ounce serving (approx. 160 kernels) of pine nuts provides:
- 4 grams of protein
- 17 percent of the daily value (DV) for magnesium
- 18 percent of the DV for vitamin E
- 12 percent of the DV for vitamin K
- 9 percent of the DV for iron
- A good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats
5 Benefits of Pine Nuts
1) Heart Health — Pine nuts are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats, like oleic acid, which promote heart health. Oleic acid is responsible for lowering LDL “bad” cholesterol levels, improving antioxidant activity, and supporting cardiovascular function.
2) Appetite Suppressant — A paper presented in 2006 at the American Chemical Society discussed the impact of pinolenic acid on feelings of hunger. Researchers found that pinolenic acid stimulates the release of hormones that suppress hunger and provide a sense of fullness.
3) Improve Energy Levels — Similar to other varieties of nuts, pine nuts contain nutrients that increase energy levels naturally. They are a good source of protein and magnesium to power you through your day. Low magnesium levels have been associated with fatigue, so munching on pine nuts can help you achieve your daily intake goals for this energy-boosting nutrient.
4) Anti-Aging — Ward off premature aging with a handful of pine nuts a day. These little nuts are packed full of protective antioxidants that combat the damaging effects of free radicals.
5) Eye Health — Lutein is a type of carotenoid that protects eye health by blocking blue light from the sun to prevent damage to structures in the retina. The lutein found in pine nuts may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among older adults.
How to Store Pine Nuts
If stored at room temperature, pine nuts should be consumed within a couple weeks. Otherwise, they should be stored under refrigeration and can be kept for up to three months. For long-term storage up to nine months, pine nuts can be transferred to a plastic bag within an airtight container and stored in the freezer. As with many nuts, pine nuts have a high oil content that can make them spoil quickly if not properly stored.
How are pine nuts harvested?
Pine nuts are small, elongated, and edible seeds harvested from the cones of pine trees. When mature pine seeds are ready to be harvested, the cones are collected, dried, and processed to open their scales and remove the pine kernels. The labor-intensive extraction procedure contributes to the high price of pine nuts compared to other nut varieties.
Ratings & Reviews
Yummy with saladsMonique, Keene, NY
Always fresh!Hetty, Boca Raton, FL
Pesto night favoriteLinda, Rochester, NY
DeliciousGeorge, Staten Island, NY
Pine Nuts Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and milk products.
Serving size 28g (~1 oz.)
|Amount per serving|
|Calories from Fat||160|
Store open or closed under refrigeration for up to 6 months. This item can be frozen.
Approximately 800 pieces per pound.
Country of origin: China