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New Mexico pinenuts from Santa Margarita?

toodie jane Jun 5, 2007 05:08 PM

got some last year while in the White Mtns in AZ. Man said they came from SM, NM.

Anyone know of a sourc?. They were fantastic.

  1. Erich Jun 5, 2007 07:25 PM

    Lots of places sell them (from guys at the side of the road to The Fruit Basket and Hi-Lo Market in ABQ), but you may have a hard time ascertaining that they're actually local. I've had a long conversation with a local grocer about how the majority of these are actually from China.

    Frankly, you might want to head over here and go get some from the hills in a couple of months. It's gonna be a bumper crop year!

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    1. re: Erich
      toodie jane Jun 5, 2007 10:16 PM

      they were roasted and lightly salted and the best I've ever had....more creamy and fewer "funky (?) notes than the Chinese type that comes from TJ's and Costco.

      Specifically, what month?

      1. re: Erich
        gashrink Jun 6, 2007 07:34 AM

        I thought the trees they grew on were devastated by a disease and were mostly killed off in New Mexico. I will be over joyed to hear differntly

        1. re: gashrink
          fyfas Jun 6, 2007 09:00 AM

          You're not wrong, the bark beetle did a lot of damage. Two years ago there were as many orange pinon pines dying as there were green. They're slow growers so it will be quite some time, too, for new growth to be noticeable.

          That said, plenty of pinon DO remain and this past winter was wet. Wildflowers on my land are amazing so far.

          Pinon nuts are available from roadside vendors. I regularly see them at the Interstate exits adjacent to Pueblo Indian casinos.

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