Pine Nut Madness !!!
Well, what do you know about the often used but never really the star of the show the trusty and most flavoursome Pine Nut?? How radical is all of that ??
Join with us to blow our minds as we venture into the mysterious world of the most deliciously bold flavoured, intriguing nut which comes from the most obvious of places.
Once you read this it will all click as to where the pine nut hides out until it hits your pesto as it's true they come from the trusty pine cone we all collect in autumn
It often takes a pine tree up to two/three years to form the cone, they bud in Spring and lay dormant through winter and then regrow and reach maturity the following year when they can be harvested.
The cheeky nuts are crazy to extract they are dried in a burlap bag for 20 days the cones are then smashed by hand to remove the nut.
The nuts have a deep red thin shell and are delicately peeled to produce the pine nut colour we all know – No wonder they cost so much!!!
Pine Nut Mouth is genuine, this allergic reaction to these nuts which make you feel like you have stuffed your mouth with iron fillings (ouch)
European nuts are long, and slender Asian varieties are short and stubby both taste the same.
Legend says Roman soldiers ate Pine nuts on our lands as a battle food over 2000 years ago and this helped spread the eruption of pine trees onto our soil – "Let Them Grow" they chanted as they invaded our shores.