Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:11 pm
Years ago, I used to eat a tiny (about 1/4 ") roundish nut that had a tan/cream colored shell. For the life of me, I can't remember what it was. I have searched the internet, and no one seems to be sellling them any more.

Does anyone remember the name of that nut?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:13 pm
You're not talking about filberts/hazelnuts are you?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:14 pm
or macadamias?
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:15 pm
Osso- Nope. They were much, much smaller than filberts or hazelnuts. In fact, I can remember sometimes eating a bit of shell, because they were so small that it was difficult to extricate the nut from the shell.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:16 pm
http://www.nhchocolates.com/images/Mammoth%20Pistachios%20Nuts.jpg



pistachio?
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JPB
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:17 pm
1/4" IN the shell? That's an itty-bitty nut.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:19 pm
http://startcooking.com/public/IMG_1679.JPG

Pine nuts?
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CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:20 pm
I love pine nuts, especially in salads....
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:22 pm
the only other thing I can think of that is that small is a sunflower seed..
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:23 pm
I can think off a round nut that small, a faint memory...

I think.
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JPB
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:24 pm
yeah but... I've never seen a pine nut in the shell. LOVE THEM, but I can't imagine having to shell 'em.
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:24 pm
Probaby hard to research small round nuts on google..
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roger
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:25 pm
Sounds like a pine nut. Pinon pine has the right color of nut, too.
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:28 pm
I found it! Indian nuts!!!! Looking around, it seems that thaey are not readily available now!

http://www.nutsonline.com/nuts/pinenuts/indian-pinion.html

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In a recent piece, I wondered whatever became of India nuts, those tiny nuts we bit open to get at a kernel that wasn't worth the work. I can hear it now: the relentless cracking sounds around me in the cheap back-balcony seats at the Loews 83d Street movie house.

''They were known as Indian nuts,'' reports Joe Pollack of St. Louis, ''or, by their correct name of pinon nuts,'' or pine nuts, from the Southwestern pinyon tree. Other correspondents, misty-eyed at the recollection, suggest that the term came from Native Americans, or Indians, who gathered and sold the nuts in the Southwestern United States. That may have influenced the spelling of the term, but I think that Indian in this phrase is a corruption of pinyon. At any rate, it's not ''India'' nuts; I had broken the phrase by ear, mistakenly losing an n, much as I once did with Guy Lombardo, thinking the band leader's first name was Guylom.


http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=950DEED61731F931A25751C0A96F948260
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JPB
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:32 pm
Oh, they're readily available as pine nuts. I just raided my fridge after reading this thread Razz
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:32 pm
Roger- You are absolutely right!!!
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:34 pm
JPB wrote:
yeah but... I've never seen a pine nut in the shell. LOVE THEM, but I can't imagine having to shell 'em.


And therein was the problem. It took an awful lot of effort to get past the shell, and to the nut. But that was the fun of it.
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shewolfnm
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:36 pm
ossobuco wrote:
Probaby hard to research small round nuts on google..


Tried that..


need I tell the tale?

>shudder
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:36 pm
So many recipes with pine nuts, so little time...
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JPB
 
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Reply Sat 26 Apr, 2008 04:37 pm
they aren't cheap, Phoenix -- Trader Joe's has the best prices, but you'll find them as pine nuts or pignolias in most grocery stores.
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