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Feb 27, 2012 06:23 PM

Trade Joe's Pine Nuts

Any thoughts on the quality of TJ's pine nuts? Considering that now pine nuts are almost $30.00 a pound, I couldn't resist picking up a very cheap bag at TJ's this weekend. IIRC it was no more than $2.00 for a large bag (I don't remember the weight). The pine nuts did look smaller than what I usually buy but still, what a value! The label did say they were imported from (again IIRC) Vietnam, China and a 3rd country. I frequently toast the nuts before using so that may help cover up any, um, deficiencies in quality.



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  1. Nooooo -- don't do it. I got pine mouth from those and I never ever have from the more expensive pine nuts from my local health food store. Not worth it.

    ETA: toasting doesn't help.

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    1. re: Glencora

      I got pine mouth too for the first time from TJ's pine nuts. I had never even heard of this and It was not fun.

    2. The third country is Russia. I just used some of these yesterday to make a very tasty pesto, and had no problem with them.

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      1. re: DarkRose

        It takes a couple days to kick in. Still, you might be fine. My husband ate the same dish I did, and he didn't get it. I hope you don't -- it's very unpleasant!

      2. Second the pine mouth scenario - took two weeks to get rid of it. I returned what was left of the nuts to Trader Joe's - they assured me the product did not come from Chine, but returned my purchase price. I have pretty much given up on pine nuts - there's no recipe I can't live without!

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        1. re: critter101

          Me too... the reports of pine mouth leads to no certain point yet, I just don't want to risk it. Pistachios and slivered almonds work well as replacement in recipes and in California they are local...


        2. Thanks for all the responses. I won't take a chance--I'll just return the full bag. I definitely don't need to risk the unpleasantness no matter how cheap the bag is. Guess I'll just give up pine nuts too.

          Hounds to the rescue again!

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          1. re: alwayshungrygal

            I've avoided pine nuts in general since the pinemouth scare. Sad, but true.

          2. I've used them numerous times over the years and I've never gotten pine mouth from them (and I'd never even heard of that until now). Mostly I've used them in pesto and I usually toast them but I've eaten them plain too. They're not the most amazing pine nuts in the world but I think they're just fine.