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alwayshungrygal Feb 27, 2012 06:23 PM

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.

Thoughts?

Thanks!

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  1. Glencora RE: alwayshungrygal Feb 27, 2012 10:11 PM

    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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      DaisyM RE: Glencora Feb 28, 2012 12:53 PM

      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.

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      DarkRose RE: alwayshungrygal Feb 28, 2012 07:38 AM

      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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        Glencora RE: DarkRose Feb 28, 2012 12:51 PM

        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!

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        critter101 RE: alwayshungrygal Feb 28, 2012 12:36 PM

        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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          Dommy RE: critter101 Feb 29, 2012 11:32 PM

          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...

          --Dommy!

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          alwayshungrygal RE: alwayshungrygal Feb 28, 2012 02:34 PM

          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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            IndyGirl RE: alwayshungrygal Mar 7, 2012 03:21 PM

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

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            virtualguthrie RE: alwayshungrygal Mar 5, 2012 02:23 PM

            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.

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              DarkRose RE: alwayshungrygal Mar 7, 2012 01:32 AM

              I'm not well versed in the cause/effect of pinemouth, as I've never experienced it (based on the description of it I read here). I was thinking it could be an individual reaction to the nut that affects some people but not others, sort of along the line of cilantro tasting soapy to some people, or that funky smell some women get from eating asparagus. But then I see Glencora say she got it from cheap pinenuts but not more expensive ones, so I'm probably off the mark in my theory.

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                BiscuitBoy RE: DarkRose Mar 7, 2012 06:48 AM

                "funky smell some women get from eating asparagus" - where?

              2. clubtraderjoes RE: alwayshungrygal Mar 8, 2012 07:42 AM

                Pine Nuts come from a variety of Pine trees all over the world. It's possible that one species can cause the problem and not another. See this article on themhttps://pinenutsyndrome.wordpress.com/ for everything you ever wanted to know about the Pine Nut Syndrome! I guess you should avoid the Chinese ones if you have a reaction, otherwise get ones from Europe if you can find them labeled that way.

                Steve

                www.clubtraderjoes.com

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                  Jim M RE: alwayshungrygal Mar 10, 2012 03:50 PM

                  I bought some pesto from Trader Joe's and came home, only to immediately read these warnings. Does anyone know whether the pine nuts in the pesto also causes the pine mouth problem? Thanks for any info.

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