From Evergreen Trees Rising in Beauty and Pride
Come, Hidden in Cones,
Healing Seeds of Love
The Sanawbar of Lebanon,
The Pine Kernels of the World
Lebanon and the Pine Seeds: A Love Story with Nature
“What is it with you guys and the Pine Kernels?” It made me laugh the few times I was addressed with that question. It’s kind of true that they are almost always present in my Lebanese dishes when hosting.
It isn’t a fanciness of mine. It is just that we Lebanese have them in so many of our dishes and desserts. I can make you a very long list but I’ll spare you for now.
We do love their sweet nutty flavor and crunchy texture, and we do make it a point to benefit from their numerous health benefits.
We consume them raw, toasted, fried, or baked, as toppings or incorporated in the culinary preparation and even in our juices.
Pine Kernels or Nuts are not actually nuts as most assume and as most of us call them. They are Seeds. They are the Seeds of the Pine Trees. The process from the harvest to our tables (or to the supermarkets) requires quite a lot of work, which explains their usual high price.
Lebanon is a country of Pines and Cedars. Our Pines are abundant. They are trees of the Mediterranean, and in Lebanon you can see them in the coasts and by some highways, and also extending their proud presence up to the mountains where red soil permits
They rise high in all beauty, and they provide us plenty of pine kernels. That alone could answer the question of the constant presence of these valuable seeds in our food.
Let us take a look at their health values:
THE PINE KERNELS’ HEALTH BENEFITS
Studies are numerous that advance the rejuvenating value of the Pine Seeds, and more:
They are Energy Booster that fights Fatigue thanks to their good provision of Magnesium
They are high in Anti-Aging Antioxidants and Nutrients like vitamins A, B, C, D and E
They promote Eye Health (provides Lutein)
They help with Weight-Loss and Weight-Management thanks to their release of an appetite-suppressing hormone
They are a good Source of Protein and Iron
They reduce risks of Heart Disease thanks to their blend of Vitamin K, Vitamin E, Magnesium, Manganese and Monounsaturated Fat.
They support Healthy Cholesterol Levels thanks to their pinolenic acid
They strengthen the bones
They enhance the skin and help with scalp issues.
They can control Glucose hence helps with Diabetes when consumed in moderation.
They lower anxiety and stress thanks to its wealth of Magnesium
To Your Good Health, Cheers!
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