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Pinon Nuts (Indian Nuts)
These are very hard to find, and Nuts.com is thrilled to share them with you! They are similar to pignolia nuts, but are roasted to perfection in the shell. One taste and you will realize why all the fuss! These Indian Nuts come roasted unsalted in the shell.
These have a thinner shell than Pine Nuts in the shell and can easily be cracked in your teeth. Be careful though, you don't want to eat the shell!
The pine family is one of the most familiar groups of evergreen trees in North America since it furnishes most of our traditional Christmas trees, provides a strong, excellent softwood timber and is an important source of turpentine and rosin. Less known perhaps is the fact that some members of the pine family also bear edible seeds, commonly referred to as nuts. Worldwide, approximately 100 species of true pines are recognized; of these about a dozen in the Northern Hemisphere produce nuts of sufficiently high quality and desirable flavor to make them worth gathering.
?Pine nut? denotes any of these edible nuts. Other distinctions should be made, however, depending upon the geographical are involved. The most common designation for nuts in Europe is ?pignolia?, a term which refers to pine nuts of the Italian stone pine, grown for the most part in Spain, Portugal, Italy, and North Africa. Nuts of a different species called ?pinion?, a name derived from the Spanish word for pine nut, are produced in the western United States. These pinon nuts come mainly from the Colorado pinon tree, a two-needled pine which grows wild in the states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Different varieties of pine nuts are also grown in Russia, Korea, China and Japan. In these other countries the pine nut is an important food locally, but is not commercially important. China is one of the leading exporters of pine nuts. In the United States nut trade, ?pine nuts? may refer to the European pignolia, the North American pinon or the Chinese pine nut.
The pine nut dates from a remote period in time. Hosea was a minor Hebrew prophet who lived during the eighth century B.C in the kingdom of Israel. The Old Testament mentions the nut in Hosea 14:8 ?I am like a green fir tree. From me is thy fruit found.? Many Biblical scholars believe that this tree was the stone pine and the edible fruits referred to was the pine nut. The ancient Greeks and Romans appreciated the taste of the pine nuts. Among the Greeks, the stone pine was held to be a tree sacred to the god Neptune. Records exist that mention consumption of pine nuts around the beginning of the Christian era. The kernels were eaten, preserved in honey, during Pliny?s time. Archaeologists have found pine nuts among household foodstuffs in the ruins of Pompeii, destroyed by the violent eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D. The Roman Legions carried pine nuts among their provisions, evidenced by pine nut shells uncovered in refuse dumps of Roman encampments in Britain which date from the middle of the first century.
During harvest, the cones of the tree are shaken to remove the kernel. Once removed, they are dried further before being processed in a milling station to remove the kernel from its hard outer shell. The kernels and shells are separated by sifting; the testa, or thin skin which still covers the kernel, is then removed. Thereafter, the kernels are graded and sized. Superior, unblemished, shelled kernels, both large and small, are reserved for the export market; the remaining kernels are sold locally or utilized in prepared foods.
Although pignolia nuts may be eaten out of hand, raw or roasted, they have the distinction of being the only nuts used predominantly as ingredients for cooking. For many centuries in European cookery, they have been blended with meats, fish and poultry, and have been used in many different sauces.
Pine nut development in North America is modest in comparison with that in Europe. The Italian pine tree, with superior timber, is larger and grows faster than the stunted pinon of the southwestern United States. Italian stone pine plantations are well established in Mediterranean Europe, while the American pinon remains mostly neglected and uncultivated.
Today the Chinese pine nut is often found in the United States because of its availability and price. The Chinese and Italian pine nuts are already taken out of the shell and can be eaten raw as bought, roasted, or used in cooking. The pinon nut grown primarily on Indian reservations in the Southwest United States is normally roasted in the shell. Their availability is rather scarce, and the pinon nut must first be removed from the shell prior to consumption.
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Michele October 19, 2011
“Delivery was spot on! Pinon nuts were yummy, and the sample pistachios were great. I will definitely be placing an order again!! Thanks again. ”
Marilyn, Winston-Salem, North Carolina August 9, 2011
“Thank you so much for sending me my nuts so fast. What great service! Indian nuts had always been my nut of choice, until they became so unavailable. It was a delight to eat them. Thank you for making them available to me again.”
tillman, baltimore, maryland August 8, 2011
“I but a lot of things online,I,m 84 years old and ran a large business, so I know what quality is in product and service . I rate nus online as one of the best.”
Barbara, East Meadow, NY April 7, 2011
“As promised, the nuts arrived in one day. The taste brings us back to the balcony at the Meadowbrook Theatre where my husband and I watched a marathon of James Bond movies while eating indian nuts (40+ years ago). We are happy to have found your website and will continue to purchase these delicious nuts from Nuts On Line. The customer service is outstanding. The business world would be in better shape if everyone followed your lead. You brought a smile to my face with every email. Thanks!”
Barbara April 6, 2011
“Outstanding customer service!”
Craig March 25, 2011
“Just got my 1lb. bag of Indian Nuts (2 days). It has been quite a while since I last tasted one of these sweet morsels. I opened the bag and took the first whiff -man oh man that smell can't be duplicated. I dug out a few of the largest and cracked them open ... what a taste! These are fresh and sweet. They taste like no other nut. They may be a little pricey, but after you try them, you'll be thinking about them when they're gone.
Electra, Woodside, NY March 1, 2011
“The nuts I ordered arrived quickly and were delicious!
I haven't been able to find that particular nut anywhere. I used to eat them when I was a kid.”
Adrienne, Spring Hill, Florida February 14, 2011
“I was delighted to receive the Indian nuts so quickly! They were packed as if they were fine china, so carefully; and I was pleasantly surprised to see a bonus of a package of Turkish pistachios in with it! This was a birthday present to myself and I can't begin to tell you how happy and satisfied I am, but I'll try. I haven't had Indian nuts in years, and took a chance by ordering online. They taste just like I remember and are delicious! The pistachios also brought back fond memories. They are the size I remember, and the taste is wonderful. They are full of flavor. I will definitely try to order from you again! I have to save up for these indulgences, lol. Times are rough, but you do have to pamper yourself once in a while. Thanks for a great service!”
Tina, Augusta, Ga. February 14, 2011
“Thanks so much for getting the Indian nuts here so promptly. My husband loved them and I loved the cute note you sent and the pistachio nut surprise. Great job!!!!! We'll continue to use you in the future and spread the word to our friends. Thanks again, Tina”
perry, Ashburn, Virginia December 20, 2010
“Delivery was fastest I have ever seen - the products arrived 2 days after I ordered.
The Indian pine nuts were tasty and fresh.”
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P. David, Columbia Falls, Montana May 18, 2013
“Prompt shipping. Fresh and delicious products Neat and Unusual packaging Will be a repeat customer”
Serving Size 28g (~1 oz.)
(Approx. 16.2 Servings/Pound)
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|Calories From Fat||144|
Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.
Approximately 1737 pieces per pound.
Store in a cool, dry place for 1-3 months if un-refrigerated. If refrigerated, shelf life is up to 6 months.
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