@FoodPickle Does anyone know why pine nuts have become so $$$? I saw them Sat for $29.99/pound! My pasta dishes aren't the same w/o them.

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drbabs
drbabs November 28, 2010

Basic supply and demand. Here's an article that might interest you:
http://pinenut.com/blog/blog1.php?title=why-the-price-of-pine-nuts-increased-the-imported-ones-and-how-to-save-10-15-per-pound&more=1&c=1&tb=1&pb=1

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pierino
pierino November 28, 2010

A pound of pinenuts is, like a whole lot of pine nuts!!! I usually buy them in three ounce bags. And a little goes a long way. They are a domestic crop (California) so you really don't need imported pine nuts for pesto. Of course, as well, asian markets are buying a lot of stuff from us for their own consumers and that has an influence on price.

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ChefBourinaris
ChefBourinaris November 28, 2010

Most of the pinenuts are coming from China now and they are having so problems with China (as usual) they are very labor intensive to harvest but I refuse to by the ones from China. Try using skin free Almonds and toast them 1st. This is a great substitution.

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Gale
Gale November 28, 2010

The nuts you saw for $29/lb were probably from Europe or the Middle East. They are smaller and, I think better - to say nothing of harder to find. The cheaper are from usually from China or Korea. It can be hard to figure out country of origin (same with garlic and honey these days).

I would love to buy pine nuts from CA, Pierino - please tell where you get them. Thanks.

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CHeeb
CHeeb November 28, 2010

If your health food shop has a high turnover of bulk goods, pinenuts can be much more reasonably priced . They go rancid quickly, so look for a shop that sells a lot !!!

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pierino
pierino November 28, 2010

IF you live in California one source is Flanigan Farms whose products are sold in supermarkets such as Vons widely. If you are uncertain about where they are coming from look at the back of the package and you will see "COO" meaning "country of origin". This applies to all imported foods. Barilla pasta is an old Italian brand but the stuff for sale in the USA is made here (though they try not to make that obvious). But commodities are a global business and the markets set the prices. Depending on where you live there is a good chance that your seafood is coming from Asia, somewhere, China or Vietnam or Thailand. Japan is a net importer.

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susan g
susan g November 28, 2010

Following CHeeb, also look for a store that keeps them refrigerated, and only buy what you expect to use in the near future.

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Hilarybee
Hilarybee November 29, 2010

If pine nuts are cost prohibitive, substitute another nut like pistachios or walnuts. I find pistachios an excellent substitution in pesto, and walnuts make a great sub for pine nuts in many baked goods.

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Nora
Nora November 29, 2010

We substitute slivered almonds in pesto. I adore pine nuts but we like a lot of them, so have to use other nuts.

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hardlikearmour
hardlikearmour November 29, 2010

Costco has 24 oz for just under $30. It's a pretty large bag. I typically store my nuts in the freezer, and they last a long time that way.

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kjrmcclain
kjrmcclain November 29, 2010

I have been buying mine from Costco for several years (I do not recall the COO) and keep them in the freezer as well. I was very disappointed when my wife called me from Costco the other day and advised that they were no longer carrying pine nuts. I insisted she press them further since they often drop items (they should demo something before they drop it, but that is a gripe for a different blog). The manager advised her that the sudden price increase (100%) was the reason they no longer carry them. If you see them, you may want to stock the freezer...

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