Italian Pine Nuts in L.A.?
Does anyone know a supplier of Italian-produced pine nuts in Los Angeles? Two years ago I ate Chinese pine nuts and had pine mouth for over a week, and it's worth paying more to avoid repeating that experience. I called the touted Italian shop in Santa Monica, Guidi Marcello, but even theirs were Chinese! I want to make Ligurian pandolce for Christmas.
There is a huge pine nut shortage in the world right now so the price is high, quality is low, and supply is limited. I'd suggest going somewhere that allows you to sample them and/or has easy returns. I don't have experience with them but many hounds say TJs has excellent pine nuts. Buy a package, open it outside the store, and sample. Return if they aren't top notch.
Thanks, but your sampling suggestion tells me you haven't experienced the results of Chinese pine nuts. The offending nuts aren't obviously bad, so one can eat them unsuspectingly. Then it's too late. The damage to your taste sensation is done, and it lasts a week. Even sugar tastes bitter. If it's Chinese, don't try it, including the ones at TJs.
I eat the pine nuts from TJs often (use in salads) & find them to be very good as well as extremely well priced. However, I checked my bag & it says "product of Vietnam, Russia & Korea" so clearly not what you're looking for. However, I've never had any ill-effects from eating them.
I used to get my pine nuts from Whole Foods & they're definitely excellent (probably better than TJ) but switched to TJ for economical reasons when they became so expensive.
you mean those pine nuts I got at Claros last Saturday are from China? I paid $14 lb. toasted some Sunday and used in caponata w/no notice of change of taste and/or quality.
I'm eating leftovers now at my office for breakfast.
will check when I get home.