Himalayan Pine Nuts
Name Alias: / Chilgoza / Nejje/ Pine Seeds
Do you know it is the favorite nut of monkeys and Squirrels? These animals are responsible for the cultivation of the #Pinetrees in the forests.
#Pine #nuts are available throughout the season and are savored by Monkeys and Squirrels. They hide the nuts in the soil for the later use. Few nuts which are left in the soil germinate and grow into huge pine nuts trees.
#PineNut is Crunchy, sweet and delicious edible seeds of cone in a pine tree.
Pine trees grow in Himalayan forests, Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Afghanistan.
The flowers of pine tree develop into a cone. The female cones take about two–three years to mature after pollination. Once mature and dry the cones naturally split to release the seeds.
Pine nuts are slightly more expensive than other nuts, due to a labor-intensive harvesting process. The pine cones that contain the nuts are collected from the tree or forest floor. The cones are then heated, which opens up their scales and loosens the nuts. Raw pine nuts are also available which are not roasted.
#PineNut have a dark-brown outer coat or shell. Inside, its edible kernel has cream white, colour.
100 g of dry-kernels provide 673 calories. They comprise of numerous health promoting phyto-chemicals, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.
It is rich in oleic acid that helps to lower LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good-cholesterol” in the blood. It helps to prevent coronary artery disease and strokes by maintaining healthy blood lipid profile.
It contains essential fatty acid; pinolenic acid, which helps in weight loss by curbing the appetite.
It is an excellent source of #vitamin E which is a powerful lipid soluble antioxidant, required for maintaining and protecting skin from harmful oxygen-free radicals. Its emollient property protects the skin from dryness.
Pine nuts are rich in Vitamins A and lutein, which supports sharper vision.
It is rich in vitamin D which helps in building healthy bones. Its rich vitamin C content boosts immunity. Pine nuts are a good source of iron.
Always try to buy fresh nuts from authentic sources. Unshelled nuts have long shelf life and can be stored for a longer time. Shelled kernels deteriorate soon if exposed to warm, humid conditions. Therefore, store shelled nuts in airtight jars and store inside the refrigerator.
There are many herbal remedies derived from pine nuts. Pine nuts, often considered exotic, are now rarely available in supermarkets as well as specialty health food stores. However as technology advances you can buy it online from the range of stores from all over the world. One stop shop like Pure Mart www.puremart.in is a perfect place to get your healthy needs delivered straight from Jammu and Kashmir.