PINE NUT TREE Pinus pinea
The Pine nut tree is often called the 'Stone Pine'. This name apparently comes from the idea that this tree grows well in stony ground. An attractive large pine tree that bears cones of edible nuts considered a delicacy. Grows best in dry cold areas.
Trees can be expected to start producing cones from about year 6, but one planting in New Zealand produced its first cones after 3 1/2 years. Each cone holds about 50 nuts and 100 kg of cones holds about 20 kg of nuts.
The kernels can be eaten raw, roasted or prepared into sweet meats, cakes, puddings, stuffings, soups and of course the most popular usage is the Italian gourmet PESTO. It is the source of a high quality expensive oil that is made mostly in France.
Pine Nut - Macdougal
|Height||Frost tol.||Pollination req'd||Evergreen/Deciduous||Harvest period|
|7-10||Hardy||No||Evergreen||March - July|
Customer Comments on Pine Nut Tree
Pine Nut Tree
I am growing Stony Pine trees from seed in tiny pots with ordinary potting mix. The seeds are a few years out of date but they are growing anyway so don't throw away old seeds. Have fun! | Stoney Pine - Jannali, NSW 10-Feb-2008
Pine Nut Tree
I wonder which pine nut tree to order for my property its hot dry summer, but wet winter | Shirley Goran - Edmonds, WA 04-Mar-2009
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