Crunchy yet butter textured, pleasantly sweet and delicious pine nuts are small edible seeds of female cone in a pine tree. Pine kernels are, indeed, very good source of plant derived nutrients, essential minerals, vitamins and “heart friendly” mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help benefit in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood. Because pine nuts are rich in vitamins, minerals and contain lutien they are very good for eye health.- MDA

by: : Paul Ebeling

The Health Benefits Of Pine Nuts

Pine nuts have been enjoyed since ancient times. Roman soldiers ate them and they have  been mentioned by Greek authors as early as 300 BC.

Nutritionally speaking

Pine nuts contain many of the same healthy nutrients as other nuts, including healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants, but pine nuts are not actually nuts at all.

Pine nuts are the seeds of pine trees.

We find them between the scales of pine cones, but while all pine trees yield pine nuts, only about 20 species have pine nuts large enough for eating.

Once harvested from the cone, pine nuts must be shelled, and they should be consumed shortly after. Unshelled pine nuts are prone to rancidity due to their high oil content. So be sure to store them in your refrigerator.

Pine nuts are considered a delicacy in many parts of the world, and in the US they have grown into a $100-M market. They are commonly eaten raw or roasted, and their sweet nutty flavor and crunchy texture lends itself well to snacking, vegetable dishes and, of course, Basil Pesto.

Below are some of the health benefits of pine nuts, as follows;

There are many reasons to eat pine nuts aside from the flavor, as they are good for our health…….

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