100 Foods: Pine Nuts

While decluttering my bookcase I discovered a hidden gem: Parragon Books’ “100 Best Health Foods.”

This book takes an interesting, in-depth look at 100 amazing foods and discusses their healthy properties. That said, Parragon does not bother to go into any sort of detail as to which seasons the foods are from or where they are from, which is great… as the publisher is in the UK and I am not.

Also the recipes in this book are not necessarily for the busy on-the-go people or they don’t really make the healthy food the stand out in the completed dish.

My plan… I’m going to tackle these 100 health foods relative to their seasonality in my area (some are never seasonable here… but I will follow their seasons in the location in which they are grown) and find simple easy recipes that showcase the foods. Which could be great for amazing foods like plums… but not so great for anchovies…

Pine Nuts

I will be the first to admit that I have never had a clue what these were.

They are the seeds that can be found in pine cones; although, only 20 species of pines have seeds of a large enough size for human use.

Pine Nuts are very high in protein, fiber, Thiamine, Niacin, Choline, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Iron, Magnesium, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

I know that I have had pine nuts, but I cannot recall an exact instance. Nor can I recall seeing them in the store. I will have to keep an eye out for them.

How do you like your pine nuts?

~Emme

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