Forage for your own Siberian cedar pine nuts!
We have already done the "Spending a few weeks in Taiga living in tents and picking the cones" part, so all you have left is to pull off all of the pine cone scales, collect nuts, and shell them. It's a fun and sort of educational activity both adults and kids enjoy a lot. Our Siberian Cedar pine cone with the fresh nuts still inside makes a cute, fun, and creative gift!
✅ Wild harvested in Altai, Russia
✅ Air-dried and ready to use.
✅ One Siberian cedar pine cone holds 50-70 nuts.
✅ Untreated (haven't been soaked in or washed with any chemicals).
✅ Average length 3" (8 cm.). Mother nature doesn't make all thing equally sized.
✅ Pine cones emit a sap that is harmless. Use oily soap or oil to wash it off bare skin.
💚 Although pine nuts technically are not nuts (they are seeds), they can cause allergies. The good news is that these are very rare cases.
✅ How to get nuts out of the cone?
Way #1: Pull off all of the pine cone scales to expose the nuts underneath. Pick each nut.
Way #2: Smash the cone and separate the nuts and the cone fragments by hand.
Way #3: Bang the cones around in a gunnysack until all of the nuts fall out. Separate the nuts and the cone fragments by hand.
✅ How to shell the nuts?
Step #1: Place the pine nuts in a bowl and fill it to the top with hot (not boiling) water. Soak for 10-15 minutes.
Step #2: Keep the nuts that sink to the bottom and throw away the nuts that float, as the floating nuts are most likely empty.
*You should expect about some nuts to float.
Step #3: Shell the nuts with your hands. Holding a pine nut in your hand, place your nail inside the pine nut opening and make a divot. Then, pinch the sides with your fingers and roll it until the shell and outer skin rubs off.
* If you have short fingernails or can't seem to open the pine nuts, you can also try nutcracker, pliers, or garlic press. Make sure to apply low pressure, so the nut doesn't get smashed and mixed in with the cracked shell.
** There are many more techniques, so you may do your own research or you might already know how to shell the nuts.
✅ Can I use shells?
Siberian cedar pine nut shells are used as a component for balsams and tinctures. Cedar nut shell infusions have astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. In folk medicine, cedar nut shell infusions are used to aid liver and kidney disorders, osteoporosis, and arthritis.
✅ Can I use the cone for crafts?
There is no elegant way to retrieve the nuts out of the cone, so once the nuts are out, not much of the cone will be left.
✅ Can I use the nuts to plant my own cedar tree?
Those are freshly harvested (2019) untreated cones, hence they are potent, just as they were when they fell off the tree in Taiga. You may definitely try to seed your own tree (could be a cool project to do with kids). Here is how:
Step #1: Soak nuts in the water for 2-3 days at room temperature.
Step #2: Throw away the nuts that float, as the floating nuts are most likely empty.
*You should expect some nuts to float.
Step #3: Mix the nuts with calcined clay in the ratio of 1 part nuts to 3 parts of clay. Place the mix into cold (30-32F | 0-1C) ventilated place and store for 4 months.
Step #4: Plant the pointy end down 1.5" (4 cm.) deep, in a pot with loam (we recommend any bonsai soil mix).
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 15-20
💚 As always, if you are taking any type of prescription medication, please consult your doctor regarding possible interactions and never stop taking medications without your doctor’s approval.
This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.