This article discusses everything you want to know about Pine Nuts. Learn about which ones to buy – and why. Have you heard about “pine nut syndrome”? It’s a real thing. And we have several recipes featuring pine nuts, too, that go beyond the classic Basil Pesto. We’ve got vegan pesto, kale pesto, parsley based, sundried tomato and more, as well as tips on how to buy and store.
Not All Pine Nuts Are Created Equal
Did you know that not all pine nuts are created equal? On the one hand, the 18 or so species that are edible do all come from pinecones (yes, from pine trees) grown throughout North America, Europe and Asia.
But there are some that are much preferred from a culinary perspective over others.
About “Pine Nut Syndrome”
Perhaps you have heard about “pine nut syndrome” or “pine nut mouth” – or maybe you were a victim and didn’t even know what was going on?
Some people experience a bitter and/or unpleasant metallic taste after eating certain pine nuts and this effect seems to come mostly from the Pinus armandii (Chinese white pine) variety.
It is not a health concern other than it is annoying (sometimes very), making everything you eat taste odd, and can actually last for days – or weeks! It is referred to as “pine nut syndrome” and can crop up even a day or two after eating the offending pine nuts.
Our suggestion is to source pine nuts of European origin.
I have had very good luck with sourcing nuts through Nuts.com where they specifically call them “Mediterranean Pine Nuts (Pignolias)”.
They also carry what they call simply “Pine Nuts” and those are not the kind you want. You can read more in a longer article HERE.
Buy The Right Kind of Pine Nut
Do note that the European type are always pricier. When I bought them recently (summer 2023) they were $44 for 8-ounces vs. $20 for the same amount of the Chinese ones. Note that our recipe uses less than 2-ounces of the nuts and serves at least 4, so you have to do the math after you experience sticker shock. (OK, I did it. It’s about $2.50 per serving).
Of course, if you don’t have an issue with pine nuts, you could buy the lesser expensive ones, but the way I look at it, I don’t want to take a chance. I usually make big batches of Basil Pesto in the summer and freeze it. I don’t want to serve it to guests somewhere along the line and be responsible for them having a reaction. But, it’s your choice!
How To Tell One Kind Of Pine Nut From Another
Acquaint yourself with the images here. The elegant, smooth, slender nuts on the right are the European ones. The shorter, stubbier, chubbier ones on the left are the Pinus armandii, Chinese type.
If a brand/label/product does not go out of its way to advertise that the nuts are the more expensive European variety, chances are they are not.
How Are Pine Nuts Harvested?
Pine nuts are the small edible seeds harvested from the cones of certain pine trees. When the seeds mature enough to be harvested, the pinecones are collected and dried and then processed to open (loosen and unfurl). The “scales” are separated and the pine kernels (nuts) are removed from the scales. There is one pine nut in each “scale”.
It is an incredibly labor-intensive extraction procedure if done by hand. It can also be mechanized. Somehow understanding the labor involved makes the high cost of the shelled nuts more palatable.
How To Store Pine Nuts
As with most nuts, pine nuts have a high oil (fat) content that can make them spoil quickly if they are not properly stored.
If you will be consuming within a couple of weeks, they can be stored at room temperature in an airtight bag or container. For longer storage of up to 3 months, you should refrigerate. For longer storage of up to about 9 months you can freeze them.
Pine Nut Recipes
Here are a few creative recipes featuring pine nuts. We love pesto for pasta, spread on sandwiches, used as a dip or as a condiment or as a flavoring ingredient in dishes. Stir it into vegetable soup!
Everyone needs a basic recipe for basil pesto and we love our rendition. Make sure you have high quality Italian pine nuts. Get the recipe for Basil Pesto.
Vegan Kale Pesto
Our Kale Pesto happens to be vegan – taking advantage of “cheesy” nutritional yeast. The body of the pesto if made up of the expected basil but with hearty kale and flat-leaf parsley as well, which lends balance to the other two bold greens. We do like pesto with pine nuts, which this uses, but we provide options for other nuts and seeds. Get the recipe.
Pesto Chicken Wings
Pesto is not just for pasta, and once you try the classic garlicky basil sauce slathered on chicken wings, this might become your favorite new way to enjoy it. Get the recipe for Pesto Chicken Wings.
Vegan Parsley Pesto
This pesto features the bright flavor and color of flat-leaf parsley along with garlic-infused oil and toasted pine nuts. Get the recipe for Parsley Pesto.
Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto
Pesto does not just mean basil. Here we have Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto for a completely different taste – and color – sensation. Get the recipe for Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto.
Pasta with Tuna & Sun Dried Tomatoes
I developed this dish to show you how you can make a hearty, delicious dinner using pantry ingredients like pasta and canned tuna and that a great dinner can get on the table in the time it takes to boil water and cook pasta. Get the recipe for Pasta with Tuna & Sun Dried Tomatoes.
Master the Art of Fresh Pesto with These 46 Incredible Recipes
Pesto. In its most classic form it is an aromatic, flavorful combination of fresh basil, pine nuts, garlic, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. It is a pungent, vivid green condiment. It can be a sauce, a spread, or an ingredient used to enhance other recipes.
Tossing with pasta is traditional, but there are so many ways to use pesto, that we explore here from Instant Pot and CrockPot dishes, vegan recipes, handpies (!), chicken wings, salads, mains, soups, appetizers, and so many more. And, pesto is not just regulated to basil and pine nuts!
We’ve got sundried tomato pesto, wild garlic, caper, kale, parsley, arugula, cilantro, walnut, almond…Behold the world of pesto in these 46 recipes! Read Master the Art of Fresh Pesto with These 46 Incredible Recipes
Easy Peasy Dinner and Dessert: 20 One-Pan, One Bowl Recipes for Busy Nights
We all need One-Pan, One-Bowl recipes in our repertoire, and we’ve got ‘em! From main dishes to soups, pasta, curries and desserts, these kitchen-tested recipes will get you in and out of the kitchen fast. With minimal clean-up, too! Click here for all of our One-Pan, One Bowl recipes!
36 Dishes You Didn’t Know You Could Make With Rice Noodles
Rice noodles are naturally gluten-free, but that isn’t the only reason to cook with them. They are delicious unto themselves, come in a variety of shapes, and are the noodle of choice in so many Asian-inspired recipes. But it doesn’t stop there! There are rice-based lasagna noodles, shells, manicotti, elbows…From soups to main dishes, casseroles, salads and summer rolls, we have 36 recipes for you to get you slurping with joy. Click for 36 Dishes You Didn’t Know You Could Make With Rice Noodles
30 Quick & Easy Recipes For A Happy Gut: Low FODMAP and Flavor Packed
At FODMAP Everyday® we define “Quick” as a dish that can be on the table, ready to eat, in 30 minutes or less. “Easy” recipes have 15 minutes or less of prep time. All of these recipes are low FODMAP and free of gluten so they can be served to tender tummies too! Click for 30 Quick & Easy Recipes For A Happy Gut: Low FODMAP and Flavor Packed
Grab A Rotisserie Chicken On Your Way Home And Make Any Of These 18 Delicious Meals In Minutes
Grabbing a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket is not “cheating” by any stretch of the imagination. Having cooked chicken ready to use is a great jump-start to all sorts of creative recipes – from salads to main dishes, lunches and dinners – and is a brilliant move, in our book. Click for Grab A Rotisserie Chicken On Your Way Home And Make Any Of These 18 Delicious Meals In Minutes
Easy and Tasty: 34 Sides to Serve with Rotisserie Chicken for a Stress-Free Meal
We buy a rotisserie chicken every week – and enjoy the bounty for days. But we like to mix it up; potatoes, veggies (hot and cold), pasta – there are many ways to enjoy that chicken and to turn it into a meal. Here are our 34 community favorites. Click here for Easy and Tasty: 34 Sides to Serve with Rotisserie Chicken for a Stress-Free Meal
9 Insanely Delicious Easy Homemade Chicken Wing Recipes
Entire restaurants build their menu around chicken wings, but we’re going to show you how to make the best chicken wings at home – and they’re easier than you think. Most of these recipes are baked, not fried, so you will not only save on calories, but also have less mess and spend less time in the kitchen. Click here for 9 Insanely Delicious Easy Homemade Chicken Wing Recipes
18 Iced Tea & Refreshing Drink Recipes That Will Make You Scream Summer Is Here!
Quench your thirst and beat the heat with a refreshing lineup of tantalizing beverages. Whether you’re craving a tall, chilled drink on a scorching day, in need of hydration after a workout, or seeking a delightful mocktail sans alcohol, we’ve got you covered. Get ready to dive into a world of iced teas, invigorating punches, flavored lemonades, zesty limeades, luscious smoothies, sparkling spritzers, and even a homemade electrolyte beverage. Click for 18 Iced Tea & Refreshing Drink Recipes That Will Make You Scream Summer Is Here!
23 Dinner Solutions: Quick and Delicious Soup and Stew Recipes
There is nothing like homemade soup or a hearty stew, especially when it is cold outside! (For you hot weather folks, we do have a few cold soups). We’ve got 23 recipes for you, from Instant Pot quickies to long simmered renditions. Comfort food in a bowl. Get 23 Dinner Solutions: Quick and Delicious Soup and Stew Recipes here.
Potatoes! White, red, yellow, starchy russet, sweet potatoes – even blue and purple potatoes – can be a main meal in the form of double stuffed baked potatoes, a weekday side-dish, a potluck salad, or they can add richness to soups. And don’t forget breakfast casseroles and home fries! We have 23 recipes for you to try and potatoes are often economical, too, so dive in! Click here for 23 Easy Potato Recipes: Which One Will You Try First?
Holy Cow! These 10 Ground Beef Recipes Will Knock Your Socks Off!
Ground beef makes a great burger and meatloaf, but it is so much more versatile than that, and we have 11 recipes for you to add to your weekly rotation. Chili, Chili Mac and even a Quick Korean Beef dish, that package of ground beef has never been more inspiring. Click here for Holy Cow! These 10 Ground Beef Recipes Will Knock Your Socks Off!
10 Gut Friendly Chicken Recipes You Can Have On Your Table Tonight!
Chicken is one of our favorite protein building blocks for an easy, delicious meal. Sometimes you can get in a rut though and end up making the same chicken recipes over and over.
We’ve got one pan meals, warm weather salads and grill options, dinner party worthy dishes, lighter fare and hearty dinners. Click here for 10 Gut Friendly Chicken Recipes You Can Have On Your Table Tonight!
6 Rich And Fudgy Brownies That Will Make You Want To Lick The Bowl
In our opinion, you can never have enough brownie recipes. We have gathered our top 6; the brownie recipes you don’t have – yet. And you do need them; trust us. Nutella. Peppermint. Toasted almond & Coconut. S’Mores. PB & J – and even a super quick One-Bowl Brownie. Get ready to be inspired. Click for 6 Rich And Fudgy Brownies That Will Make You Want To Lick The Bowl
85 Desserts For The Chocolate Lover In Your Life
Welcome to the largest collection of desserts for the chocolate lover in your life. Each of these are also gut-friendly so that you don’t have to worry about bloating, or a noisy belly when getting romantic! All of these desserts are gluten-free and low FODMAP! Click for 85 Desserts For The Chocolate Lover In Your Life
The Crazy Best and Easy Cookie Recipes Ever!
Cookies – small, large, soft, chewy, crispy, chocolaty, peanut buttery, elegant, homespun, one-bowl, drop, rolled and shaped – we’ll take them all. You can never have enough cookie recipes and ours are all created in our very own Test Kitchen; these recipes work! Several can be prepped in the time it takes to preheat the oven. Click for The Crazy Best and Easy Cookie Recipes Ever!
Looking For Dairy Free Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts?
This article will discuss the low FODMAP ice cream and frozen desserts that you can find in supermarkets and restaurants, as well as our own exclusive recipes, and will include information on dairy based as well as alt milk frozen desserts and recipes. Click here for Dairy Free Frozen Desserts Recipes.
20 Strawberry Recipes That Will Make You Berry Happy!
These days, depending on where you live, you might be able to get decent strawberries all year long. Spring, however, brings fresh, new batches and we are always looking for new ways to incorporate these delicious berries into our diet. From drinks to cakes, crisps, cobblers, bars and even a salad, frozen desserts and a salsa, we have 20 strawberry recipes for you. Click for 20 Strawberry Recipes That Will Make You Berry Happy!
Top 100 Low FODMAP Recipes
These are our community’s favorite Top 100 Low FODMAP Recipes. Are you struggling with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)? Are you following the low FODMAP diet and having a hard time finding delicious recipes that even the whole family can enjoy? You are in the right place! At FODMAP Everyday® we specialize in teaching you how to THRIVE on the low FODMAP diet! Get ready to eat well, without the IBS triggers! Click for our Top 100 Low FODMAP Recipes!
Looking For More Delicious Ideas?
If you have been diagnosed with IBS and are following a Low FODMAP diet, we have 1000+ Gluten Free & Low FODMAP Recipes to help you live deliciously and symptom free!
And Don’t Miss These Articles If You Have IBS
Our team of low FODMAP and IBS trained dietitians and healthcare experts have written 100’s of Wellness Articles to help you THRIVE.
And Be Sure To Visit Our Shop!
We have curated hundreds products to help you live your best life all in Our Shop!