The truth about Italian Pine Nuts is that they are extremely rare. Even in Italy. To quote our friend Ruth Reichl:
Real Italian Pine Nuts are as rare as they are insanely aromatic. They grow along the western coast of Italy, in the pine forests running from Liguria, through Toscana, all the way down the boot to Calabria.
These Italian Pine Nuts are hand harvested directly from pine cones and burst with pure resinous piney flavor. They are raw and NEVER treated with bleach or whitening agents. Toast them quickly in a hot pan or crush them in homemade pesto. You can’t help but notice their buttery texture and nutty richness. These pine nuts are sourced for us by Pesto King Roberto Panizza of the Rossi pesto company.