Mediterranean or Stone Pine Nuts (pinus pinea) are the finest quality pine nuts. They are extremely hard to find in the United States. Their flavor is complex, yet lighter and more delicate than the more common, widely available Chinese, Korean or Mexican pine nuts which are harvested from a different species of pine trees.
All pine nuts have exceptional nutritional value. They are good sources of vitamin K1, vitamin E2, and the minerials zinc, non-heme iron, phosphorus and manganese.
Mediterranean pine nuts, however, provide a particularly high content of excellent quality protein. This feature makes them especially useful as a nutritional supplement for athletes or anyone who has a greater than average protein requirement. They are also useful for anyone who wants to add nutrient-rich calories to their diet without adding excessive fat. At 34 percent protein by weight, Mediterranean pine nuts are richer in protein than any other plant food, including soybeans (10%), sesame seeds (18%), sunflower seeds (21%) and even hemp seeds (33%).
Mediterranean pine nuts are lower in calories than other pine nuts and have a favorable omega-3 to omega-6 ratio, almost 10 times higher than other pine nuts. Pignolia are more expensive than other nuts and seeds, but their nutritional profile makes them a valuable addition to the diet.
How do you tell the difference between Mediterranean and other pine nuts? Most commonly available pine nuts are cone-shaped with dark coloration at the smaller end, whereas those from the Stone Pine are long, with an even diameter.
Enjoy them as a topping for your salad or soup, mix them into cooked vegetable dishes or process them with fresh herbs into pesto. They are also good just by themselves!
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories: 170||Calories from Fat 120|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||21%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||9%|
|Trans Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 4g||1%|
|Dietary Fiber 1g||5%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:
|Total Fat||Less than||65g||80g|
|Saturated Fat||Less than||20g||25g|
|Cholesterol||Less than||300mg||300 mg|
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
Mediterranean Stone Pine Nuts
Contains the following allergen: Pine Nuts