Pine nuts are the fanciest of all the nuts. They're smaller, cuter and have a sweet, subtle flavor. They also happen to cost a small fortune. But we buy them anyway because pine nuts make it worth it when we add them to our cooking -- just think of all that summer pesto.
We never put much thought into pine nuts, except to be sure to keep them in stock when we had bunches of summer basil to work with. But just recently we were informed by a colleague as to where pine nuts came from -- an adorable origin it turns out -- and we realized we do not know enough about our favorite small nut.
We fixed that. And here's what we learned: