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Pine nuts for eating

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Offline elvis

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« on: October 14, 2008, 16:07 PM »
Hi everyone,
does anyone know about edible Pine Nuts. I have 6 hectares of pines in Tarragona, but no idea if any are edible!
And if they aren't, I'd be interested in planting some!

cheers
elvina


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« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2008, 17:34 PM »
Edible pine nuts are normally from umbrella pine (Pinus pinea). Have a look at images on the net and see if they match yours or post a photo here.
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« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2008, 19:55 PM »
Hi Elvina,

here is a link to an informative site about these trees and collecting pine nuts. It has a good selection of photos which demonstrate the large sized and almost round shape of Pinus pinea cones which are very distictive
(Note....the seeds are wingless and instead protected by a hard casing covered in a browny / black powder that can stain)
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« Reply #3 on: October 15, 2008, 03:54 AM »
Thanks Sue, thats a great link.
Well i'm sure the main lot of my pines are not those, mine are less blue coloured and a more pointy shape.
here are a couple of pictures.
no close ups but i think you can see the cones, which are also smaller and pointier than the stone pines.

hmm well i'll have a look into planting some!

thanks
elvina

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« Reply #4 on: October 15, 2008, 15:15 PM »
6 hectares of pine trees!!! Does that mean that you will be inundated by the processionary caterpillar?? Do they happen in your area  ???

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« Reply #5 on: March 19, 2014, 12:25 PM »
hello,

Sue has recently written a great article about the stone pine on her blog over at Wildside Holidays. very informative and even has a recipe for those that like spinach...... :)

http://wildsideholidays.com/wildlife-information-pages/16-plants/trees/42-the-stone-pine-an-iconic-tree-of-the-mediterranean.html
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