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Pine nuts

What are pine nuts? About the ingredient pine nuts. Including 366 recipes with pine nuts, nutrition data, and where to find it.


Pine nuts contain, depending on species, between 10–34% protein, with Stone Pine having the highest content.

When first extracted from the pine cone, they are covered with a hard shell (seed coat), thin in some species, thick in others. The nutrition is storembryo (sporophyte) in the centre. Although a nut in the culinary sense, in the botanical sense pine nuts are seeds; being a gymnosperm, they lack a carpel (fruit) outside.

The shell must be removed before the pine nut can be eaten. Unshelled pine nuts have a long shelf life if kept dry and refrigerated (at –5 to +2 °C); shelled nuts (and unshelled nuts in warm conditions) deteriorate rapidly, becoming rancid within a few weeks or even days in warm humid conditions.

Pine nuts are commercially available in shelled form, but due to poor storage, can have poor flavour and may be already rancid at the time of purchase. Consequently, pine nuts are often frozen to preserve their flavour.


Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 1 cup (135g)
Amount per Serving
Calories 908Calories from Fat 830
 % Daily Value *
Total Fat 92.3g 142%
Saturated Fat 6.6g 33%
Trans Fat ~
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 17.7g 6%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 4.8
Protein 18.5g
Vitamin A 1% Vitamin C 2%
Calcium 2% Iron 41%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your caloric needs.

Where found

Pine nuts are usually found in the baking supplies section or aisle of the grocery store or supermarket.

Food group

Pine nuts are a member of the Nut and Seed Products USDA nutritional food group.

How much do pine nuts weigh?

measure grams
1 cup 135
1 oz (167 kernels) 28
10 nuts 1

In Chinese:松子
British (UK) term: Pine nuts
en français:pignons de pin
en español:piñones

Recipes using pine nuts

There are 360 recipes that contain this ingredient.

5 Layer Quinoa Lasagna
Arugula Salad Orange Couscous and Citrus Vinaigrette
Asiago Spinach Pesto
Asparagus with Cranberries and Pine Nuts
Baba Ganoush with Pine Nuts
Balsamic Green Beans and Pepper
Basil and Ricotta Stuffed Zucchini
Beef Tenderloin with Gorgonzola Nut & Herb Butter
Braised Broccoli Rabe (Rapini) Sun-dried Tomatoes and Feta Cheese
Broiled Tofu With Cilantro Pesto
Broiled Tofu With Cilantro Pesto
Brussels Sprouts and Salami Pasta with Pine Nuts

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