Health Benefits of Pine Nuts
Where Pine Nuts Come From
The pine nut cone takes three years to mature and there are approximately 29 species of Pinus produce seeds. The species Pinus pinea L. is found in the Mediterranean basin; the main producing countries being Turkey, Italy, Portugal and Spain. There are several species in the Far East, including Pinus koraiensis, P. sibirica, P. yunnanensis, and P. pumila, all of which are very different in origin, shape, size, color and taste. North Korea is the main producing country, followed by China, Russia, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
Fun Facts About Pine Nuts
Also, thanks to their exquisite flavor pine nuts are used all over Europe as a culinary ingredient widely used in confectionery and the world-famous “pesto” sauce.
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