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Source: Tah-Gum, The Washoe Pine-Nut Harvest. 1999. Produced by Tom King. University of Nevada Oral History Program.
Originally posted by St Udio
I still have 5 pinon nuts, saved as reminders of a better time in my life.
these pinons came from Northern Arizona, not way up there in the NW.
these pinons also were gathered during the national scare of the Hanta Virus over in the '4 Corners Area'...
authorities tried to say that squirrels were one source of carrying the virus, and that nobody eat pinon nuts .... sometime in the 1990s
Originally posted by Happyfeet
Up in the foothills above Fresno California we would see what were called "Grinding stones" Granite boulders that a group could stand on were used to grind the nuts into flour. People would set nuts down and grind a rock on top of the nuts to create the mush, after what must have been thousands of nuts ground there are little round holes in the rock.
Originally posted by tjack
We sometimes buy a bag of raw pine nuts from Costco and toast them in the oven. Mix them with a little maple syrup, and you can enjoy them hot and sticky, or make sticky balls and put them in the freezer for an amazing frozen treat. One of the best flavor combos on the planet IMO, toasted pine nuts and maple syrup.
[edit on 30-10-2009 by tjack]
Pine nuts are full of protein, fiber and zinc. Their flavor is delicate and distinct, and they are rumored to be an aphrodisiac. They are expensive to buy, due to a labor-intensive harvesting process and the destruction of many pine trees. Bring some family or friends along for the harvest, since it's difficult to do alone, and try the pine nuts raw---or take them home and make pesto.
Originally posted by DaddyBare
Strange side note: Korean hemorrhagic fever (Hantavirus) was one of three hemorrhagic fevers and one of more than a dozen agents that the United States researched as potential biological weapons before suspending its biological weapons program.