Pine nuts are edible seeds found under the pine cone’s scales. Pine nuts are one of the more expensive nuts on the market because of the time required to grow the nuts and the effort to harvest the seeds from their protective encasement.
When raw, the seeds have a soft texture and a sweet, buttery flavor. They are often lightly toasted to bring out the flavor and to add a little crunch. Pine nuts are eaten by many cultures around the world and are known by many names. In Canada, the most popular use is in pesto, pastas or as a crunchy salad topper.