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These are actual Italian pine nuts. Need we say more? They come from the heart of Tuscany and prove the adage that good things come in small packages. Bursting with fresh sweet, nutty flavor and hints of fresh pine, they have a remarkably smooth texture and satisfying density. Toast them to bring out their intense aromas, then mix them into salads, rice dishes, or use them in your favorite dessert, such as traditional Italian pinoli cookies. Or, grab some fresh basil and real Ligurian extra virgin olive oil, and wow your guests with your own authentic pesto sauce, perfect for pasta or brushed on vegetables or fresh bread. At Gustiamo, one of our favorite recipes is casarecci with anchovies, pine nuts, cauliflower, raisins and breadcrumbs.

Our pinoli  are hand-picked by the Grassini family in the pine grove of the Migliarino San Rossore Massaciuccoli nature reserve outside of Pisa, in Tuscany. The Grassini family company was founded in 1876, and has been harvesting pine nuts from these Mediterranean pine trees for 5 generations. In this pristine growing environment, little has changed since the days Nonno Grassini remembers climbing the trees to harvest the pine nuts, though now the family has developed a shaking method that is more reliable and helps preserve the trees. The pine nuts are shelled just before being shipped to the US, and no chemical whitening agents are used, which means the nuts preserve their fresh flavor and natural creamy color.

The Grassini family is one of the few Italian families still harvesting and selling this rare variety of Italian pine nut. Gustiamo is proud to share these extraordinary pine nuts  which unlike conventional versions have no black spots, metallic taste, or bleaching agents. So while the bag might be small, the price reflects the value and labor behind one of Italy’s most precious food products. Close your eyes and you can taste the rolling hills of Tuscany in each little bite!

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