Ancient Greeks and Romans considered the pine nut a symbol of manhood and fertility due to its great nutritional value.
Besides, in antiquity, as ships were manufactured by pine or fir wood, conifers were dedicated to Posidon. These are nuts easily collected and cultivated, since we take them from ripe pine cones falling off the tree. Pine nuts are eaten raw or roasted, although this does not apply to all types of pine nuts.
- Pine nuts are rich in minerals, such as iron, manganese, phosphorus and zinc.
- They are also rich on protein, since 100 gr. provide 31 gr. of protein.
- Pine nuts are ideal for stuffed vegetables [gemista] and of course for the famo us and easy pasta al pesto. Their taste is exceptional when roasted.
Did you know that...
- The white uniform colour is what determines the quality of pine nuts.
- The polyunsaturated fatty acids pine nuts contain, help releasing a hormone called “holycystokinini” which reduces appetite.