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Italian Pine Nuts

8.8 oz - 2.2 lbs

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Size: Choose 8.8oz or 2.2lb bags
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100% Italian Pine Nuts from Italy
Vacuum Packed

Origin:

Italy. 8.8oz Wild Pine Nuts from San Rossore National Park in Tuscany.

Italian pine nuts (aka pinioli, pignoli, piñon nuts, pignoles, pine kernels, Mediterranean pine nuts) are gathered from between the scales of the pine cones of the Italian stone pine (pinus pinea).  They have a distinct cylindrical shape and the light, delicate, cleaner pine nut flavor called for in many classic Italian desserts and savory dishes. 

Pine nuts taste somewhat like almonds, but are more complex, with spice and resin flavors.

Most pine nuts sold in stores in the US are Chinese pine nuts, which have a kernel-like shape, a flavor that ends in a bitter/sour/pungent note and a much higher oil content (78% rather than 45%) which can make them more perishable.  These pine nuts are 100% Italian.

8.8oz Organic Wild Pine Nuts have been wild gathered in San Rossore – Migliarino National Park in coastal Tuscany.  They are certified organic by the Italian Association of Organic Agriculture (AIAB /Associazione Italiana Agricoltura Biologica).

2.2lb Bulk Pine Nuts may have been collected from multiple sources within Italy, but will always be certified 100% Italian in origin.


Pine nuts can be stored similarly to other nut varieties in an air-tight container in a cool, dry place (typically a cupboard or pantry).  It is particularly important to keep them out of sunlight and away from heat.

Italian pine nuts are often gently toasted in a dry skillet or frying pan before use, just until lightly browned.  Doing so awakens the full complexity of their flavor.  Because of their small size however, they can burn quickly, so keep an eye on them.

Pine nuts pair well with most fruit, vanilla, meats (especially chicken & mutton/lamb) mascarpone cheese, garlic, fine extra virgin olive oils, onion & basil.

Using Pine Nuts in Savory Dishes:
Probably the most common use for pine nuts in the US is in pesto.  Pesto isn’t just a great pasta sauce.  It can also be used as an ingredient in sandwiches, baked clams, poultry dishes, pizza & more.

Pesto can also be made from other greens besides fresh basil.  Check out our recipes for ramp pesto & stinging nettle pesto for more options. 

Toss toasted pine nuts in salads (especially those with blue cheese, arugula or spinach).  Use them in pilafs & other rice dishes, sauces for pasta, fish or poultry, poultry & meat dishes, meatballs (especially those made with chicken or lamb) and a wide variety of other applications.

Using Pine Nuts in Desserts:
Pine nuts can be used in most types of desserts, particularly in cakes, pastries, cookies, short bread, macaroons, rice pudding, ice cream & gelato.

Pine nuts are also a tasty snack by themselves toasted or raw.

Pine Nut Recipes


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