Pine nuts have been eaten in Europe...
Pine nuts have been eaten in Europe and Asia for thousands of years. Today Pastene Pignoli (pronounced "pinoli") or Pine Nuts are frequently added to meat, fish, vegetable and salad dishes. They are an essential ingredient of Italian pesto sauce. The pignoli cookie, an Italian specialty confection, is made of almond flour formed into a dough similar to that of a macaroon and then topped with pine nuts.
INGREDIENTS: Pignoli Nuts