Pine nuts are the seeds of the pinus pine tree, which are popular for their slightly sweet and buttery taste. They are high in healthy fats and are a good source of magnesium, iron, zinc and antioxidants. Due to the manual and time‑consuming harvesting process, they are among the most expensive nuts on the market.
Pine nuts are most commonly used in the production of pesto - For a fuller flavour, the nuts should be roasted in the oven before blending. However, they are also great for flavouring salads, pasta, rice and meat dishes, home baking or sweet desserts.
Pine nuts can go rancid due to improper storage. A suitable place for storage is therefore a dark and cool place - ideally the fridge.