Pine Nuts are the edible seeds of certain pines, such as the pinon. The seeds vary in size – are found enclosed in the cone which take 3 to 4 years to mature. The seed are cylindrical in shape and can be up to 2,5 cm in length. One tree can bear about 25 cones, each producing about 100 seeds.The two main kinds are the triangular Chinese pine and the slender Italian Pine nuts.
Nutritional Value of Pine Nuts
Pine nuts are on par with walnuts, peanuts, and pecans for nutritional content and are a rich source of amino acids. The nuts supply Vitamin A, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, thiamin, niacin, and riboflavin. And they are known to have the following health benefits:-
- 1. Antioxidant protection
- 2. Appetite suppression
- 3. Dietary fiber
- 4. Cardiovascular health (oleic acid in pine nuts helps to eliminate triglycerides).