History of pine nuts
Since ancient times, pine nuts have been used in traditional medicine. Nuts were recommended for gastritis, chronic pancreatitis, stomach ulcers.
Also, pine nuts were collected for the treatment of “consumptive people”. The husk and cake of cedar were added to special baths, which acted as a soothing agent. Pine nut gruel was used to smear inflamed wounds.
The inhabitants of Siberia still make an alcoholic tincture from pine nuts, which helps to get rid of many ailments: rheumatism, gout, arthritis, and so on. At the beginning of the 20th century, in Kamchatka, pine nuts were used as a remedy for scurvy.
The women used a cedar shell decoction to rinse their hair, which became stronger and shinier. And also acquired a bright chestnut color.
Thiamine supports memory, brain, and thinking, normalizes mood, slows down the aging process. Riboflavin is involved in the formation of red blood cells and antibodies. It makes our skin, hair, and nails healthy and strong.
Oleic amino acid prevents the development of atherosclerosis. Pine nuts are rich in tryptophan, a sleep hormone that can help relieve insomnia.
Nuts contain high-quality protein that is quickly absorbed by the body. Fiber normalizes the work of the gastrointestinal tract, cleanses the intestines, and removes toxins and toxins.
Pine nut tinctures are used to boost immunity, to fight colds and viruses.
Caloric content per 100 grams 680 kcal
Carbohydrates 28.4 grams
Fat 56.0 grams
Protein 15.6 grams
The harm of pine nuts
Pine nuts are high in fat and high in calories, so a large number of them are harmful to digestion.
Nuts are contraindicated for those diagnosed with cholelithiasis, cholecystitis, biliary dyskinesia.
Excessive consumption of pine nuts may cause a “metallic” taste in the mouth and extra pounds on the sides.
The use of pine nuts in medicine
Pine nuts are the most nutritious nuts in existence. They are rich in healthy fats. But you shouldn’t eat a lot of them, just a small handful.
Eaten nuts will make you feel full quickly. They are useful for losing weight. Pine nuts contain vitamins A, D, group B vitamins. There are potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc. It is useful to use nuts as a preventive measure. They strengthen the immune system during viral diseases. Strengthens the cardiovascular system. The acids they contain have a beneficial effect on the work of the heart. They are very useful for diabetics: with diabetes, you want carbohydrate and sugary foods, and nuts reduce this feeling. It is better to buy pine nuts in the shell, as they oxidize very quickly.
The use in cooking
Pine nuts give salads and meat side dishes a spicy nutty flavor. The kernels are added to cold snacks, pizza, desserts, and baked goods. The most famous dish that uses pine nuts is the pesto sauce.
How to choose and store?
When buying shell pine nuts, make sure that the shell is dry and intact, without mold.
Shake the shell. If you feel that the kernels are moving inside, then the product is dry and unusable.
Check the picking date for pine nuts. The ideal seasons are September and October, which is the time to harvest the nuts.
Buy nuts in a small container, in a regular clear vacuum bag. Because pine nuts have a short shelf life.
Storage conditions. Keep pine nuts in a sealed glass jar, away from light and moisture. The shelf life is several weeks. If you need to extend the shelf life, put the nuts in the freezer.