Pine nuts are used by many cultures for hundreds of years all around the world. In the Mediterranean area, they are used mainly to enrich sauces and salads. Pine nuts can be eaten raw or roasted and are used in a great variety of traditional Mediterranean recipes. Like other types of nuts, the pine nuts contain many vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. These valuable substances contained in pine nuts help to maintain our organism healthy. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, slow down the aging process and protect our cardiovascular system. The presence of vitamin K make out of pine nuts a great snack in case of menstrual cramps and this vitamin also improves blood circulation. Pine nuts are also a great source of iron which is needed for a great number of highly complex processes in our body. The high content of unsaturated fats offers lots of benefits to the cardiovascular system, reduce the risk of heart attack and have positive effects on blood circulation.
Pine nuts, like the most of other nuts are high in calories which makes them a great source of energy for all of those who are under a great period of stress, suffer from fatigue or are in situations of particularly intense mental or physical activity, while their consumption should be moderate in case of obesity or diabetes.
The most known use of pine essential oil is in treating skin problems. Pine oil can be used to control hunger, aid digestion, boost the immune system and fight fungal and viral infections. Excellent also for taking a refreshing bath with just a few pine nut essential oil drops.
Keep the pine nuts in a dry and cool place, possibly in the refrigerator. Pine nuts are used to make the famous Italian Genovese Pesto together with basil, olive oil, garlic and Parmigiano cheese (See our Recipe page). In the Mediterranean area, pine nuts are very used for sauces and dressings, but also for making cookies, ice creams, and cakes. Pine nuts and raisins are an appreciated pairing in the Mediterranean cuisine, used to make some delicious desserts and to give some bittersweet taste to various meat dishes.