Pine Kernals 250g

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Pine kernels, also known as pine seeds, pine nuts or pignoli, are seeds rather than nuts. Found in the cones of several species of pine trees on the continents of Europe, Asia, Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, the small, ivory-coloured pine kernel has been a popular culinary favourite from ancient times. Today, its popularity is even more widespread, and modern science is revealing more and more of its health benefits and its value in the treatment and prevention of conditions such as arteriosclerosis and heart disease, impaired nervous systems, high cholesterol and high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, asthma, anemia, fatigue and gallstones, and to help ensure healthy muscles, teeth, bones and lungs and a strong immune system. Add to these benefits a low amount of saturated fat, low sodium, zero cholesterol and significant amounts of fibre, and you have an energy food that is both nutritious and healthy.

Pine kernels are very popular for flavouring or garnishing various sweet and savoury dishes, including meat, fish, vegetable and rice dishes, sauces, salads, desserts, cakes, biscuits, chocolates and pralines. They are an important ingredient in Italian pesto sauce.

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Description and Origin

Pine kernels, also known as pine seeds, pine nuts or pignoli, are seeds rather than nuts and are harvested from the large cones of various pine trees after the resin has been extracted. Although the pine is very common in Europe and North America, pine kernels are most commonly produced and consumed in the Mediterranean basin in countries like Spain, Italy and Portugal. Other major producers are Africa, India, China, Mexico, the United States and Turkey. Pine kernels are also becoming increasingly popular as part of health diets around the world. The small, ivory-colored kernels, once a favourite among the ancient Greeks and Romans, have a delicate, nutty flavor similar to that of almonds.

Nutritional Content of Pine Kernels

A breakdown of the major nutrients found in 100 grams of pine kernels is as follows:

Nutritional Info (per 100g)
Calories 570 Kcal
Protein 24 g
Carbohydrates 14 g
Fibre 4 g
Fat 51 g
Saturated Fat 8 g
Mono-Unsaturated Fat 19 g
Polu-Unsaturated Fat 21 g
Cholesterol 0
Vitamin E 3.5 mg
Phytosterols 3.5 mg


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