Pine Nuts

Latin name: Pinus et al.
Chinese name: song zi ren

What are Pine Nuts?
Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees, and there are twenty species of pine that produce harvestable seeds. Europe features stone pine trees, Asia features Korean and Chilgoza pine trees, and North America features Colorado pinyon and single-leaf pinyon pine trees. Pine nuts have a history of being harvested by Native American tribes, and they have a long history of being eaten in Asia and Europe. Pine nuts are an essential ingredient to pesto.

What are the health benefits of Pine Nuts?

When used in traditional Chinese medicine, pine nuts are used to dispel wind, moisten the intestines, and tonify the body’s qi, or vital energy. Generally, pine nuts are used for their effect on the gastrointestinal tract and digestive functions. Pine nut oil is used for appetite suppression and to treat peptic ulcers, constipation, and gastritis. Other ways pine nuts are used are for building immune function, impeding memory loss, and making use of their antioxidant action.

More information about the healing powers of Pine Nuts can be found in the Food section.

Where can I find Pine Nuts?
Pine nuts can be found online, in health food stores, at Asian markets, and in the offices of Chinese medical practitioners.

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