, also known as pine kernels
, are the seeds of the pine tree. The seeds are obtained by picking them out of the characteristic pine cone.
Please note that pine nuts and pine kernels are the same thing!
There are many types of pine tree from which nuts can be obtained. Typically, pine nuts are obtained from the stone pine, which is a tree that is found all over the world including Europe and Asia.
Pine nuts have a multitude of uses. They can be eaten raw as a snack, or can also be toasted. They can also be used as an accompaniment to meals and desserts. Pine nuts are one of the key ingredients of pesto sauce.
Like most nuts, pine nuts are high in protein (typically 14%). They typically contain 69% fat (largely healthy omega-oils: around 34% monounsaturated, 19% polyunsaturated and only 5% saturated). Pine nuts are around 1.9% fibre, and a typical 25g serving will contain around 173 calories.