|Common Names||: Pignoli, Cedar nuts, Chilgoza, Pinon nuts, Pinyon pinenuts|
|Tamil Name||: Pine Kottaikal|
|Hindi Name||: Pine nuts|
|Telugu Name||: Pine kaya lu|
|Malayalam Name||: Pine paripp|
|Marathi Name||: Paina Jhaḍacya Biya|
Pine nuts are smaller, cuter and it also has a sweet, subtle flavor. Even though pine nuts are a bit expensive, buying them will make it worth it when you add them to the cooking. Most pine nuts require 18 months to get mature, but some may take up to three years.
They bud at the starting of spring and grow until the summer end. The cones become inactive during the fall and winter seasons; reach full maturity during the spring or summer season. Pine nuts can be harvested about ten days before the cone begins to open. The cones are dried under the sunlight for 20 days. The cones are then broken, and the seeds are separated using hand from the cone.
Pine nuts are crunchy yet butter textured, and delicious pine nuts are edible seeds of the female cone in a pine tree. Pine nuts have lots of varieties of plant-derived nutrients, essential minerals, vitamins, and monounsaturated fatty acids. Pine trees come under the family Pinaceae.
Pine trees are widely distributed in the wild cold and taiga forests in the countries such as Siberia and Canada. Pine trees are big and erect trees with a large stem that can grow up to 75 feet with pyramidal-like dense foliage cover.
You can blend these fresh pine nuts into a creamy pesto sauce, or you can also add them to cookies and baked goods. Roasting the pine nuts will give a unique flavor, which is perfect for salads and pasta.
Nutrition Value of Pine Nuts (1 ounce)
Protein: 4 grams
Magnesium: 17 % of the daily value
Vitamin E: 18 %
Vitamin K: 12 %
Iron: 9 %
Health Benefits Of Pine Nuts
- Pine nuts are a rich source of monounsaturated fats acids such as oleic acid, that enhance heart health. Oleic acid lowers LDL “bad” cholesterol levels, increases antioxidant activity, and maintains healthy cardiovascular function.
- The pinolenic acid present in pine nuts triggers the release of hormones that control hunger and provide a sense of fullness.
- Pine nuts have nutrients that increase energy levels naturally. The protein and magnesium content boosts up your energy throughout the day.
- Pine nuts are full of antioxidants that overcome the damaging effects of free radicals.
- Pine nuts are enriched with Lutein, a carotenoid that protects eye health by preventing blue light from the sun. It also aids in preventing age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of blindness.
- Pine nuts have omega-3 fatty acids, which build and repair brain cells. It increases thinking ability, and the blood flows to the brain.
There are no side effects in using this product, and you can consider the medical advice for the usage of this product during pregnancy.
Harvesting & Manufacturing Methods
All herbs are 100% naturally harvested, dried, and processed without the chemical interactions that assure natural herbal products.