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Nov 26, 2013 09:14 AM

Pine Nuts (Pignoli) in Bergen County?

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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    1. re: Sdenred

      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.

        1. re: Sdenred

          Thanks for being so forthcoming with the information...

    2. 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.

      1. 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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        1. re: nizza

          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.

        2. 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. : (

          1. 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.