Pinon Nuts (Indian Nuts)

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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.

Health Tips

The best thing about pinion nuts is their high concentration of monounsaturated fat, which paves the way for a healthier cardiovascular system. The vitamin D in pine nuts leads to stronger bones and teeth by improving the body's ability to absorb calcium, and vitamins A and C may sharpen vision and boost the immune system.


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, NutzVille, New York July 21, 2010

“Nuts Online is one of very few places that carries Indian nuts, a treat that my 91-year-old mother remembers fondly from her childhood.

I had them ship some to her as a surprise, and was bowled over by the customer service provided by this company! My mom received the nuts three days after I ordered them, and was utterly thrilled. She tells me they came nicely packaged.

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“A good friend recently asked if I had heard of Nutsonline and when I told him no and that I had been ordering from another company he raved about you and had you send me a 10% introductory offer. I felt I was in the nut house of my dreams as soon as I entered your website, read your nutty story and knew you were nuts about what you do and how you do it. I saw that you had antep pistachios, my favorite that I have been ordering elsewhere, but went immediately to the pine nut category thinking that after 50+ years of searching maybe there really were Indian nuts and not just the name my father gave to the nuts he brought home from a few business trips that I've dreamed about finding again someday. I never forgot their taste and when I saw them on your site I knew my search was not in vain and I would soon relive that sweet taste. It is truly an amazing experience to crack open such a tiny shell and savor the taste and memories they brought me over a half century ago.Wow and Thank You for your relentless pursuit of the rarest and best nuts the world. PS-I ordered a sample of your Anteps and they are even better than the ones I've been ordering and I'll be back for more.”

April 4, 2010

“The BEST! My taste buds have not stopped thanking me. My husband finally found his Indian nuts. All is well with the world.”

, Waxhaw, NC February 19, 2010

“Love the Indian nuts, haven't had some in a long time. Thanks for the extra goodie.”

February 16, 2010

“Oh Boy Oh Boy My pine nuts in the shell arrived today. They are as tasty as I remember them from the C & G Tavern in Denver 30 plus years ago. Thank you thank you!! I don't even need that old 3.2 beer!”

, Portland, Oregon February 12, 2010

“It's been years since I've had Indian Nuts and I was thrilled to see that they are back. I ordered the Indian Nuts on Tuesday and they arrived on Wednesday. Amazing, since I live in the boonies. They taste delicious, just as I remember them. Thanks.”

, White Creek, NY January 20, 2010

“Thank you for the super fast delivery. You are the only place that I know of that has delicious Indian Nuts. I'm going to order another pound to make sure that my daughter and granddaughter leave some for me!!! daughter l”

, Schenectady, NY December 19, 2009

“hey yall really are nuts. your emails made me smile, thanks. and your products are seriously great - making lots of others smile. the world needs more nuts like yall. ”

, grapevine, tx November 19, 2009

“Indian nuts arrived just as promised. Had to turn on the front porch lights, but they DID arrive on time.
I'd love to say the nuts are awesome, but before I could get them opened, my wife confiscated them and told me I'd have to wait until Christmas. Oh well, I haven't had them since I was a little kid at Camp Nawakwa so I guess two more weeks won't hurt. I'm so looking forward to that nice sweet taste. A real pleasure doing business with you. Oh yes, just opening the box was a real trip. You folks must really enjoy your nutty work.
Thanks
John”

, Bristol, CT December 12, 2013

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 28g (~1 oz.)
(Approx. 16.2 Servings/Pound)

Amount Per Serving
Calories 178
Calories From Fat 144
%DV
Total Fat 17g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 20mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 5g 2%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Protein 3g
Vitamin A ** Calcium **
Vitamin C 1% Iron 5%

Ingredients

Pinon Nuts

Packaged in the same facility as peanuts, tree nuts, wheat, soy, and milk products.

Approximately 1737 pieces per pound.

Storage

Store in a cool, dry place for 1-3 months if un-refrigerated. If refrigerated, shelf life is up to 6 months.

Country of Origin: United States

ID: 4039

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