This high fat nut comes from several varieties of pine trees. The nuts are inside a pinecone, which must be heated to facilitate their removal. This labor-intensive process is what makes these pine nuts so expensive. Pine nuts grow in China, Italy, Mexico, North Africa and the southwestern United States.
Organic pine nuts can be used in a variety of sweet and savoury dishes and are well known for their flavourful addition to the classic Italian Pesto. They can also be used in stuffings, salads and breads.
Organic pine nuts should be stored in a cool dry environment for an optimal shelf life of about 4 months. They may turn rancid quickly due to their high-fat content and can be refrigerated or frozen to extend shelf life.
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