Pine nut mouth

January 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm 2 comments

If you use pine nuts in your cooking or baking, you may be aware of “pine mouth,” a reaction that causes some to lose their sense of taste or making food and drink taste metallic. The disturbing taste sensations can last for up to two weeks. This has never happened to me but there is a support group page on Facebook.

Some studies have attributed this to new species of pine nuts being introduced to the marketplace from China or pine nuts that are rancid. Cook’s Illustrated wrote about it in its Jan./Feb. issue.  http://www.cooksillustrated.com/

Symptoms are temporary and do not seem to cause long-term health concerns.

Cook’s recommends using Middle-Eastern or European-grown (and more expensive) nuts. They are best kept in the refrigerator or freezer.

For years, I have been in search of the ultimate pignoli cookie recipe. Please share one if you have a favorite.

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