Best known for their use in pesto, pine nuts have a very delicate taste and texture and are high in protein which makes them especially useful in a vegetarian diet. They can be eaten raw, when they have a soft texture and a sweet buttery flavour and are especially good in salads. They are delicious toasted as this brings out their flavour and adds a little extra crunch.
Although a nut in the culinary sense, in the botanical sense pine nuts are edible seeds.
Country of Origin: China