Pine nuts (or pine kernels)

 Pine nuts (or pine kernels) Key facts About 20 species of pine produce seeds large enough for harvesting; there are countless others that are too small. Pine nuts are grown throughout the world and their oil is also pressed - it has anti-inflammatory benefits. When storing pine nuts use them as soon as possible as they go rancid quickly, especially if kept in a warm place.

Tiny and teardrop shaped, pine nuts come from the Mediterranean stone pine.

They have become known in Britain through our love of Italian food – pine nuts on their own or in pesto are a popular ingredient in the cuisine of the Ligurian coast which includes Genoa – but in fact their use is widespread through the Mediterranean world.

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