Why are pine nuts so expensive now?

Pine nuts grow in the forests of their home countries of China, Russia, North Korea and Pakistan, not on farms. Meihekou County, in Jilin Province, is the largest pine nut distribution center in Asia and is home to the largest pine nut processing plant in China. The county produces up to 100,000 metric tons of pine nuts a year, which corresponds to 80% of China's total production. However, in recent years, the county's production has been unable to keep pace with growing market demand, leading buyers to purchase pine nuts from other sources, such as Yunnan, Shanxi, North Korea, Russia and Mongolia.

The upturn in market demand, combined with low imports and rising labor costs, has driven up the prices of pine nuts. The HuffPost says that pine nuts have a second shell that must also be removed (also by hand) before you can eat them. And on the other hand, there is the exorbitantly priced pine nut, which makes teardrop-shaped nuts look like the caviar in nuts. Pine produces walnuts approximately every two years, but the harvest is unpredictable due to weather conditions.

Pine trees, which grow in the southwestern United States and Mexico, are one of the most common sources of pine nuts sold commercially in the United States. The Mexican company Abadía Retuerta says that once the pine nuts are removed, they are classified according to their size before brushing, washing and then packing them and ready for distribution. Pine mouth, or pine nut syndrome, occurs when you eat too many pine nuts and leave almost everything you eat with a metallic, bitter taste for a few days afterwards. They're incredibly tasty and they're very tasty, Linda Grimo, manager of Grimo Nut Nursery in Ontario, Canada, told TMRW.

Pine nuts are used in a wide variety of dishes, as well as in pesto sauce, and must be removed manually from pineapples by hand. Nowadays, pine nuts are eaten out of the bag or roasted and used as an additional ingredient for various dishes. The unique flavor and texture of pine nuts make them one of the most versatile ingredients in Italian cuisine. This type of nut has been used in Chinese cuisine for thousands of years and is still very popular today.

The Kitchn also warns that pine nuts go rancid quickly, so it's best to store fresh nuts in the refrigerator until you're ready to eat them. Pine nuts aren't as common as other nuts, but demand continues to rise in the United States and Europe. Grimo added that it's not the same as climbing a walnut tree, for example, since the branches of the pine tree are tighter.