*What are pine nuts?
Has it ever occurred to you? What a pine nut truly is? It's actually a seed, found inside those little points on pine cones. Right? It's the nut of the pine tree. That's also why they can be pretty expensive--imagine having to harvest those tiny little seeds from pinecones. And they're typically harvested by hand, making it all the more time consuming. After they've been harvested, the second, inner shell has to be removed as well. What remains are the small, ivory colored, elongated seeds that have a sweet, buttery flavor. They're often toasted to bring out more flavor.