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Pine nuts: A complete guide

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With their deliciously subtle, creamy and buttery flavour, the versatile pine nut is often overlooked and under-appreciated in comparison to its seed counterparts.

However, these small nutritious nuggets have recently experienced a resurgence thanks to their impressive list of health benefits.

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Health benefits
Rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids, helping maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
Rich source of manganese, needed to combat infection and free radicals.
Rich source of vitamin E, vital for skin health and integrity.
Good source of protein, making them an excellent addition to plant-based diets.
Good source of magnesium, boosting energy and fighting fatigue.

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How to enjoy
Blend into a homemade pesto with basil (or another green herb), garlic and olive oil.
Sprinkle over couscous, pasta and/or salads.
Enjoy a simple handful combined with other nuts and/or dried fruit.
Scatter over your favourite muesli or porridge combination.
Use as a stuffing for roast veggies (capsicums, tomatoes, eggplants, zucchinis etc.)
Mix into cake, biscuit and energy bar batters.

As a high-fat seed, pine nuts are best kept in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months.

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Do you enjoy a sprinkle of pine nuts? Share your favourite ideas and recipes in the comments section.

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