These rare nuts are also called Pignolias or Pinon nuts. They are an Italian delicacy that is low in starch and high in protein. Popular in Italian, Turkish, Middle Eastern and Mexican cuisine. Enjoy them as snacks, with salads, or included in sauces. Pine nuts - small, edible seeds extracted from the cones of various PINE species, have been eaten worldwide as a flavorful, protein and oil-rich food. They are expensive because they are difficult to extract from the resinous cone. Unshelled pine nuts have a long storage life because of their low moisture content. Price is per pound.