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Originally posted by Xammu
Wow, I have never heard of anything remotely like this. But wait, pine trees don't produce nuts, they produce pinecones, right?
This is very interesting, I hope you get this problem sorted out soon.
Originally posted by Totalstranger
every time I drink gin I get a pine taste in my mouth.
Originally posted by pieman
Whatever is causing it is probably not good. It's not likely to be a residue that is staying in your mouth for that long, it sounds like nerve damage from something.
Originally posted by buddhasystem
There is even a theory that they cause the liver to cleanse itself, by expelling all the bad stuff it had accumulated. Which is supposedly good, after that horrible period of 2 weeks is over...
Originally posted by shamus78
I haven't had any problems with Aussie pine nuts, and eat then regularly, out of the packet. Probably my favourite food of all time. Make sure you source good quality pine nuts, they're incredibly common and it's just the intensive harvest costs that make them sooo expensive. Wouldn't touch any Chinese veges or nuts with a long stick. Their garlic also tastes horrible compared to local (or even Mexican) product. My guess would be that they're harvesting them too soon and the nut hasn't flushed some chemical back into the tree for re-use. A more nefarious thought could be a fertiliser or pesticide they spray is leaking into the nut itself. But I'd go with the early harvest one personally.
Edit to add: Actually thinking about it now, I'd say the use of fertilisers combined with a young tree combined with the harvesting of an immature nut (that for all intents and purposes is the same size as a mature one) would equal an immature nut still containing chemicals that would usually be flushed back into the tree when mature.
It's just like on a grape vine when we monitor sugar levels to gauge maturity. Other chemicals get fed back into the vine as the grape ripens.
On a side note:
A lot of food can have a chemical reaction in the mouth and cause you to taste all types of things. Here's a link to the "Miracle Fruit" - a berry that makes sweet taste sour and vis-versa.
Miricle Fruit Taste Test
If you look around the net you can find a few more things that will do this.
I often taste an extremely sweet taste while smoking a cigarette. It's nothing in the tobacco, and I also notice it while eating 'taste-neutral' foods like lettuce. Haven't figured out what it is yet, but I'm thinking it might be a preservative or additive in processed foods.
[edit on 3/7/10 by shamus78]
[edit on 3/7/10 by shamus78]
The berry itself has a low sugar content and a mildly sweet tang. It contains a glycoprotein molecule, with some trailing carbohydrate chains, called miraculin. When the fleshy part of the fruit is eaten, this molecule binds to the tongue's taste buds, causing sour foods to taste sweet. While the exact cause for this change is unknown, one theory is that the effect may be caused if miraculin works by distorting the shape of sweetness receptors "so that they become responsive to acids, instead of sugar and other sweet things". This effect lasts 15–60 minutes.