pinon

So what's the deal with autumn's side of the road pinon sales ?
Are the nuts hard to crack as poets?
Are they dee-licious?
Where do they come from ? Wha-da-they cost?
Are beetles devastating crops?
Please educate us on this autumn New Mexican phenomenon/treat.

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Comment by usemoreglue on September 28, 2008 at 10:29pm
They're awesome. When I was a kid my dad would take us us on these crazy day trips across the state for hikes and to look at property and stuff, and around this time of year, bags of pinon were what sustained us on his mad man voyages. My brother and I would be put to work in the backseat as nut-cracking slaves. The shells aren't hard to get through, no worse than a sunflower seed, slightly more difficult than a peanut.

You can use the nuts in all sorts of stuff, cookies, salads, stir fry, pasta, cereal, anywhere you can think of using nuts, you can almost always sub pine nuts (pinon). Even just toasted and lightly salted...by the handful...delicious.
Comment by cathyray on September 29, 2008 at 8:39am
one time the girls in the office I worked in were all eating pinons & offered me some. I took at few in my hand, threw them in my mouth & started chewing away. It was the crunchiest, nastiest thing I ever tasted & I noticed the girls were rolling in the floor. Seems you have to chew the shells off first & spit them out.
Comment by Pat Kagan Tobias on September 29, 2008 at 5:32pm
Pinons in the Fall- another tradition to miss. When I was little, Pinons were called Indian nuts and showed up in vending machines heavily salted. I failed to get excited until we moved to NM and suddenly a lightly salted roasted nut was available. Our family fell in love with them especially in the candy from Buffetts Candy on Lomas or is it Menaul? Christmas wasn't the same without a box of Buffets candy---we liked the plain nuts best. Pignolias are just OK by comparison.
Comment by Flozilla on September 29, 2008 at 5:33pm
We picked our own yesterday near the NM/CO border....we saw so many cars pulled over as we were driving back from Denver that we decided to stop and "harvest"...these should last a few weeks!


Comment by Brendan on September 29, 2008 at 5:36pm
Proceed directly to your nearest Señor Murphy purveyor and get yourself a piñon roll right away.

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