Why you should add pine nuts to your diet now was discussed in a previous article but did you know you can also derive oil from the seeds of the pine tree? This oil is known as pine seed oil or cedar nut oil and is obtained from the pine trees grown in Europe and North America.
Other varieties can also be found in China, North Korea & Siberia. These varieties have different properties with immense benefits for better health outlined below:
4 Impressive Health Benefits of North Korean & Siberian Pine Nut Oil
- The pine tree varieties found in Korea & Siberia are used more for their medicinal properties due to the high content of pinolenic acid (found exclusively in pine nut oil), which studies show can help curb the appetite.
- Pine nut oil contains a high concentration of antioxidants, which eliminate free radicals in the body that can lead to peptic ulcers and gastritis.
- These antioxidants can help strengthen the stomach if you already have either of the ailments mentioned above in addition to other digestive disorders such as acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome & colitis.
- Pine nut oil contains properties that boost the efficient functioning of the immune system and promotes lower blood pressure. They are sold as supplements to obtain this benefit but pine seed contains a high amount of omega-6 as well so consult your doctor before you start taking pine seed oil supplements especially if you are on other medication already.
Cooking with Pine Nut Oil
Due to the low smoking point of pine nut oil, it’s better used as a final ingredient for garnishing or highlighting the taste of the dish rather than including it in the cooking process. Some ideas for including pine nut oil in cooking include:
- Adding 1 – 2 tablespoons when making pesto.
- When making a dip, add 2 – 3 tablespoons of pine nut oil.
- Use it as dressing in salad along with some balsamic vinegar.
- As a general rule, you can “finish” off most of your dishes with a dash of pine nut oil based on your preferences.
A good accompanying oil to pine nut oil is extra virgin olive oil. They work very well together and make a great combination in a healthy diet.
Fast Fact: Prior to the Russian revolution in 1917, pine nut oil was used as a substitute for animal fat during lent in Russia.
Do not use or consume nut oils if you have a peanut allergy.