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Pine Nuts (Pignoli) in Bergen County?

lemarais Nov 26, 2013 09:14 AM

Need some pignoli for some pesto and another recipe. Checked Fairway, they are $32/lb, their smallest package was about $16!. (Yikes). Shoprite had a bag for about $6, but the nuts were about half the size of the ones in Fairway, looked very tiny and inferior. Any other places to get Pine Nuts in Bergen?

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    Sdenred Nov 26, 2013 09:24 AM


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      lemarais Nov 26, 2013 09:41 AM

      Could you kindly elaborate on the quality, price, and size of the nuts? Usually at Costco I would have to buy 1 to 2 pounds, and I won't do that, I don't need that much.

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        Sdenred Nov 27, 2013 06:15 AM

        Then Costco won't work for you.

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          lemarais Nov 27, 2013 09:37 AM

          Thanks for being so forthcoming with the information...

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      jmoryl Nov 26, 2013 02:12 PM

      You might check the ones at Trader Joe's. They are something like $8 for an 8 oz package. Sourced from Russia or Korea, IIRC, but not China like the problematic ones.

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        nizza Nov 26, 2013 02:32 PM

        A couple of months ago I picked up a bag from Costco. I always look to see where items come from and I didn't. The next day I was going to make pignoli cookies. I then happened to look at where they came from - China. No thank you, back they went as I don't trust any food items from China.

        jmoryl - was/is there a problem with the ones from China?

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          jmoryl Nov 27, 2013 01:45 PM

          Some of the Chinese pine nuts cause a numbing or metallic taste in the mouth that can last from days to weeks. There are many species of pine and the one causing the problem is apparently pinus armandii, which grows mostly in China.

          It is very hard to find non-Chinese pine nuts, especially for a reasonable price.

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          Snorkelvik Nov 26, 2013 04:18 PM

          Don't buy the ShopRite ones. Even though the bag says Made in USA, they are really a product of China.

          I discovered pine mouth after consuming them. : (

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            BrianYarvin Nov 26, 2013 04:22 PM

            Have you condsidered trying some of the independent specialty shops? Piccolo's Gastronomia (at 484 Bergen Blvd, Ridgefield) should have them. Or what about one of those Turkish stores over in Fairview?

            Even though I'm a big booster of local businesses, I'd still check the country of origin on them, no matter what the shopkeepers say.

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              DownNeckBetty Nov 27, 2013 07:46 PM

              How about Corrado's? Pine Nuts are very popular this time of years for Italians making pignoli cookies for the holidays.

              1. Monica Nov 30, 2013 08:19 PM

                You might want to check out Jerry's gourmet in Englewood.

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                  YllowMstrd Dec 3, 2013 07:30 PM

                  Second Jerry's - they have everything and anything. Prices are usually ok...

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                  lemarais Dec 2, 2013 12:11 PM

                  Wound up getting a 1/4 pound container at Maywood Marketplace. Was $20/lb. also stocked up on some of their terrific cheese selections!

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                    TomDel Dec 4, 2013 03:16 AM

                    They have a wide variety of them on Amazon

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                      RUGBY Dec 8, 2013 07:09 PM

                      Next time try "Nuts for You" on Rt 4/Broadway in Fair Lawn.

                      Excellent selection of various nuts / dried fruit as well as other Middle Eastern foodstuff.

                      I'm not sure the cost of pinenuts but their other prices are very reasonable.

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                        lemarais Dec 8, 2013 09:26 PM

                        The ones at Maywood were very large and nice. The ones I just saw in Trader Joe's were miniscule, maybe 1/3 the size. ShopRite also had very tiny ones.

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                        1. re: lemarais
                          Eric in NJ Dec 12, 2013 05:02 AM

                          Don't know if you have a Whole Foods in your area but they have a bulk section where you can buy as much or as little as you need.

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