What You Need to Know
Let’s face it, the price of pine nuts these days might knock your socks off. However, the price of NOT buying quality pine nuts could cost you much more. Oxidized or rancid pine nuts can cause “Pine Mouth,” a condition that makes everything taste metallic and bitter for days after consumption. You definitely don’t want your pesto to lead to days, if not weeks of punishment!
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE AN INFORMED PURCHASE
WHAT TO AVOID:
- Pine Nuts from China (particular species of pine may increase risk)
- Bulk dispensers (more exposed to air)
- Expired (obvious)
- Exposure to light and heat (decreases risk of running rancid)
WHAT TO LOOK FOR:
- Italian pine nuts (your best bet)
- Airtight containers/packaging
- Organic (decreases likelihood of chemical exposure during shelling process)
- Small production farm sources (increased attention to growing and harvesting)
- Better yet WILD pine nuts from Tuscany!