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The ivory-colored pine nuts have an almond-like flavor, which unfolds particularly by roasting that rasies its aroma. In many Mediterranean countries the pine nuts are used in salads for sprinkling, sauces, fillings, rice dishes, cakes and pastries. Pine nuts taste sweetish, mildly resinous, delicately nutty and almond-like which can be used in a variety of ways, such as for the refinement of many meat, poultry, vegetable dishes and in nut mixes as snack. Pine nuts are characterized by their high content of nutrients like fat, unsaturated fatty acids, usable carbohydrates and little fiber. Like other nuts, pine nuts contain of vitamin B1, B2, A as well as niacin, and the minerals iron, phosphorus and calcium.

The pine nuts are stuck in the cones of the trees also called umbrella pines and the trees grows up to 30 meters high.The harvest of pine nuts begins in October and lasts until about March. For the harvest, the cones are stripped from the tree and placed in the sun to dry. They open, the pine nuts can be taken out and then released from their shell. Today, the different pine species grow around the Mediterranean, in China, in the Canary Islands, in South America and Pakistan.

Pine Nuts

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