Debra Lynn Dadd

Pine Nuts

QUESTION:

Dear Debra, i love using pine nuts in many of my recipes. However, they all seem to come from china. What's up with that ? Can't we produce them here in the usa? Where would i be able to find them if so?

POSTED BY EC :: FLORIDA USA :: 01/06/2009 7:54 AM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Pine nuts can be grown in the USA and are. Pine nuts are native to China, labor is inexpensive, and Americans want cheap prices, so that's why you see so many Chinese pine nuts here.

Pine nuts are actually native to southwest America. You can buy pine nuts from New Mexico Pinon Nut that are "harvested from the private and indian lands and national forests of New Mexico, where the pinon trees grow in abundance."

Another good website is Pinon Penny, which sells New Mexico pinon nuts and jumbo soft shelled Nevada pinyon pine nuts. This site also has a lot of information about pine nuts. These same varieties are also sold at Liston Pine Nuts.

Mediterranean pine nuts are a different variety, popular in Italy. These are sold online at Nuts Online.

Debra :-)


COMMENTS:

You can also buy a pine nut tree from ediblelandscaping.com which I plan on doing because I love pine nuts too!

POSTED BY LINDA :: GREEN IRENE :: WWW.GREENIRENE.COM/LINDAMAUMELLE :: ARKANSAS USA :: 01/07/2009 2:56 PM


Debra, thank you for mentioning our web site in your answer. You have inspired us to also include raw pinon among our offerings of pine nuts because the New Mexico variety adds a distinctive buttery flavor that many prefer in their dishes. Again thanks.

POSTED BY PINONMAN :: AUTHENTIC NEW MEXICO PINON NUTS :: WWW.NEWMEXICOPINONNUT.COM :: NEW MEXICO USA :: 01/20/2009 7:51 AM


What great work you do here!! I have been working on public lands policy for the last 14 years advocating on behalf of the pinyon trees and their pine nuts. We are looking at some great progress in public lands philosophy over the last year (albeit we have apx 32,000,000 acres of pinyon since I started the work). U.S. pine nut production is exclusively a wild harvest, most of which comes from public lands.See, www.pinonnuts.org

99% of shelled pine nut products come from China. A very tiny % comes Mediterranean. There is only one source of shelled American pine nuts. George Buffet has the only shelling machine in the U.S. but thanks to COOL most sellers are labeling "product of China"

Because of global discussion about the "bitter taste" lasting for weeks after consuming pine nuts, our company stopped selling all shelled pine nut products. We do offer two species of American Pine nuts. I blog about wild harvests and certified wild crop organics at www.wildcrops.com/blog . There is a lot of info there on pine nuts as the are near and dear to my heart.

Thank you,

Pinon Penny

www.pinenut.com

POSTED BY PINON PENNY :: GOODS FROM THE WOODS :: WWW.PINENUT.COM :: MISSOURI USA :: 01/30/2009 3:07 PM


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