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Where can i get Italian pine nuts in SD?

upstarter Jan 29, 2009 09:56 PM

I just saw the pesto recipe on chowhound:


And i HAVE to try it. Anyone know where I can get high quality pine nuts form Italy?


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    jaykayen RE: upstarter Jan 29, 2009 10:00 PM

    I really don't think you need pine nuts *from Italy.*

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      Bobierto RE: jaykayen Feb 13, 2009 08:36 AM

      Most pine nuts sold in America are imported from China. They are a different shape (not that that matters if you're going to grind them up) and some will tell you they have a subtly different flavor. I've never tried to test this thesis ... probably more important is freshness. Nuts are so oily, old nuts add a very musty taste to a recipe.

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        paprikas RE: jaykayen Jan 5, 2010 07:20 AM

        Actually, that's not true. The pine nut market in the U.S. has been taken over by cheaper Chinese nuts, and there have been serious problems. Last year I myself unwittingly ate some if these only to experience a terrible loss of taste for two weeks. I learned this was a common reaction from Chinese pine nuts, which a man from the FDA told me had had problems with rancidity. Imagine! China dumping shoddy goods on the US.

      2. foodiechick RE: upstarter Jan 29, 2009 10:59 PM

        some of the best pine nuts available are from the trees in New Mexico. We are happy with the pine nuts from Trader Joe's. (in agreement with jaykayen).

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          cstr RE: upstarter Jan 30, 2009 05:23 AM

          Costco usually has them.

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            SDGourmand RE: cstr Jan 30, 2009 06:27 AM

            Pine nuts are already expensive for the domestic ones I can only imagine how much pine nuts imported from Italy would be. Go to costco and grab a bag for a good price.

          2. DiningDiva RE: upstarter Jan 30, 2009 07:33 AM

            Wow, that pesto does look good. For Italian pine nuts check Assanti and Mona Lisa in Little Italy.

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              SDGourmand RE: DiningDiva Feb 12, 2009 06:03 PM

              it's not in SD but I found this just searching some sites http://www.salumeriaitaliana.com/acb/...

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                Alice Q RE: DiningDiva Feb 12, 2009 09:56 PM

                Just got some at Mona Lisa the other day - they sell them in little cartons at the cash register. Kind of expensive, but very good. Sweet and fresh.

              2. Divamac RE: upstarter Feb 12, 2009 06:13 PM

                Fresh and Easy has small bags - perfect for a batch of pesto - for a good price. Good deal if you don't want a Costco vat of nuts.

                1. afinkle RE: upstarter Feb 14, 2009 03:39 PM

                  Did you try looking in just about any supermarket in the city? Whole foods and Trader Joes also have them. I'm not sure why you would specifically want them from italy. Unless you just like to pay more for the label. The same goes for rice and polenta (grits work fine).

                  The only thing I think is best specifically from Italy (other than the specific cheese and balsamics) is D.O.P. Marzano tomatoes.

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                    wally RE: afinkle Feb 14, 2009 08:21 PM

                    Try the Chinese pine nuts next to Italian pine nuts. There is a great difference.

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                      FrenziedPalate RE: afinkle Jan 5, 2010 10:38 PM

                      Whole Foods sold pine nuts in their bulk section (not sure about now) so you can buy as much or as little as you need.

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                      deeznuts RE: upstarter Jan 6, 2010 12:20 AM

                      That looks really good. But did anyone think that was a lot of pesto for such a small amount of pasta?

                      Makes me want pesto now

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                        kare_raisu RE: deeznuts Jan 6, 2010 06:37 AM

                        I went to Farina last time I was in the city a couple of months back - his hankerchiefs in pesto were one of the best things I've ever consumed - and I am not huge on pesto.

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