This is the story people heard on National Public Radio, All Things Considered, today.
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There are a variety of different methods for keeping your American Pine Nuts for use through out the year. One favorite here, is dehydration. We have a small dehydration operation here. Pine nuts are sized, washed in activated oxygen water then dehydrated @ 110 degrees for 3 days, in the shell. The reason the temperature is so low, is to satisfy my raw food clients. It takes 3 -4 days to dehydrate 50 lbs - talk about a slow food. I know of no where else that a person can call and get the history of their pine nuts from forest to fork.
Raw food folks really appreciate this, as do people who have food allergies. These days people are very concerned about how their foods were processed and handled. There is simply a great deal of distrust out there. The forest to folk American Pine Nut is also important to people with food allergies. I get alot of calls from people who are having allergy testing done, and want a pine nut that has not been processed with other nuts. I can ONLY will offer the American Pinon Pine Nut to these folks because I know from day 1, where these nuts have been and how they have been processed.
Our dehydrated pine nuts are $19.95 lb and I got an email the other day from a person who wanted to dehydrate their pine nuts themselves. I was thought it was a great topic.
Dehydrated pine nuts have a shelf life of about a year. They can be kept in glass jars at room temperature or in paper bags. One wants to have the moisture down to about 3-4% . These are the steps for dehydrating your inshell American pine nuts:
#1. Rinse a colander of pinon nuts. Nuts should be close to all the same size. We recommend the grade A, pine nut rather than the AA,which are much larger and take more time to dry. Pine nuts should all be close to the same size so you have uniform drying. Our 10 lb size A pine nut is perfect for this and priced as low as $12.50 lb. At this price you can save alot of money and diy.
#2. Place pine nuts in the oven at the lowest setting. Dry for 10 hours and test the kernel. It should be carmel colored. Food dehydrators are fine if you switch your trays around. Most home units are too hot on the bottom and you will need to move your pine nuts around.
#3. If you are not a raw fooder, you can up the oven to 224 degrees, test every few hours. The oven retains more heat than my dhydration unit, so it will not take you three days to do a batch and I sort of doubt you are doing 50 lbs, so it will go quicker than my 3 days a batch.
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Comparable pine nuts are selling for more than $84.00 per pound. We are offering these pine nuts at half that price and they are available in 50 lb bags for those pesto makers who do not want pine nuts from China. The pine nuts were processed in an FDA registered facility and I know pine nuts. There are wonderful, raw, naturally dehydrated slowly to preserve the enzymes so important to raw food consumers. What a great price, too!
I put together a really fun spring cleaning kit,from 3 native plants of the Southwestern US cedar, sage and pinon. Each of these plants is a medicine plant and known for its spiritual energy as well as its physical properties. The kit has 6 items and sells for $19.95 amazing, fun deal. If the link does not work simply use this one:
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$2.00 off any one product
ANOTHER SPCIAL - FREE 1 ml Mondarda Essential Oil with any purchase of Mondarda Hydrosol
Each Mil contains about 20 drops
The oil is used as an antibacterial and fungicide.
Cedar is well kno
wn to repell insects and is often used in natural insect repellants
Mite and Bed Cleaner – Double duty Upolserty and Carpet Cleaner
1 cup baking soda (enough for a queen size mattress)
10 drops of cedar oessential oil
Recycled glass jar with lid
Sifter and vacuum
How to Clean Your Mattress:
Add the baking soda and cedar essential oil to a jar. Shake to evenly distribute the oils. Pour mixture through sift
er and shake over matress.
Wait at least an hour, then vaccum off the matress.
Pinon Pine Cone Oil
It is used in aromatherapy, as a scent in bath oils, as a cleaning product, and as a lubricant in small and expensive clockwork instruments. It is naturally deodorizing, and antibacterial. Pine oil is effective against Brevibacterium ammoniagenes, the fungus Candida albicans, Enterobacter aerogenes, Escherichia coli, Gram-negative enteric bacteria, household germs, Gram-negative household germs such as those causing salmonellosis, herpes simplex types 1 and 2, influenza type A, influenza virus type A/Brazil, influenza virus type A2/Japan, intestinal bacteria, Klebsiella pneumoniae, odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Salmonella choleraesuis, Salmonella typhi, Salmonella typhosa, Serratia marcescens, Shigella sonnei, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus faecalis, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Trichophyton mentagrophytes.
It will kill the causative agents of typhoid, gastroenteritis (some agents), rabies, enteric fever, cholera, several forms of meningitis, whooping cough, gonorrhea and several types of dysentery. It is not effective against spore related illneses, such as tetanus or anthrax, or against non-enveloped viruses such as poliovirus, rhinovirus, hepatitis B or hepatitis C.
Pine Floor and Window Cleaner
Mix 1/4 cup of distilled white vinegar into a quart of water.
Add 5 to 10 drops of essential oil of pinon pine cone\in spray bottle.
The Cleanest way to spring clean - natural cleaners from wild plants of the Southwest
The more I have learned about pine cone essential oil and pine hydrosol (aka pinyon pine sol) the more excited I have become to offer 100% natural cleaning products . This month we have a two coupon codes for people to try our pine cone essential oil and hydr
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As I gazed at the bushels of pine cones left over from what was a horrible harvest, my thought was what can I do with all this. I began to learn about pine as a cleaner and its natural property for health and wellness. I learned that many people had become unhappy that pinesol, one of this country’s oldest cleaning products , had lost its pine scent. It would seem they had a problem finding enough pine oil.
This fact, alone was a great inspiration for futher study into pine oil and pine products. One might think it unlikely to be medicinal . Since 2012, research into the pharmaceutical uses of pine extract (PBE - sold commercially under the brand name Pycnogenol) has virtually exploded. In this newletter, we will explore the most impressive applications for pine extracts. It was only natural, as a distiller of wild harvests, to extract the phyto-chemicals from the pine cones and create natural products for our clients.
In 1535, a ship carrying a French explorer named Jacques Cartier became ice-bound in Canada. As the crew ran out of food, especially fruits and vegetables, they became ill with scurvy, due to vitamin C deficiency. Once again, the Native Americans saved the day, and showed the sailors how to make nutritious tea from the pine tree. rs who recovered shared their story, and 400 years later, French researcher Dr. Jacques Masquelier read the account in Cartier’s writings and set on a search for the miraculous tree ingredients. He was able to extract proanthocyanidins from European coastal pine tree, and patented the process, naming the compound Pycnogenol.
Physical Performance and Metabolic Recovery
A study published recently in the Journal of Sports Medicine Fitness looked at the effect of pine on the performance of normal subjects taking the Army Physical Fitness Test, and also performance of triathletes. Among the results, participants treated with pine extract had improved performance and a significant decrease in cramps and post-running pain. On average, the pine-extract subjects completed the 100 minute triathlon 6 minutes faster than the control group, and both the normal subjects and triathletes treated with pine extract showed a faster metabolic recovery
Pine preparations have long been used as decongestants. In another study out this week, pine extract was used to treat allergic asthma, and relieved the symptoms by many mechanisms, including decreasing airway inflammation and decreasing mucus secretion. Wound Healing Several applications have been found for pine extract in the treatment of wounds. In one study, pine oil in ointment form was applied to an incision, and was found to significantly accelerate the wound healing process. PBE also helps reduce ultraviolet radiation damage to the skin and may protect human facial skin from symptoms of photoaging. In one recent study, university researchers found “Clinically significant improvement in photodamaged skin could be achieved with regular application of pine extract.”
Pine extracts are effective against a wide range of bacteria, fungus and virus, including the influenzavirus type A, and herpes simplex types 1 and 2. It will kill the causative agents of typhoid, gastroenteritis, rabies, enteric fever, cholera, several forms of meningitis, whooping cough, gonorrhea and several types of dysentery. It is very smart to add a few drops of pine oil to your cleaning products to safely disinfect your home. A few drops can also be added to your pet’s shampoo as a natural flea deterrent.
Besides preventing post-exercise cramping, pine oil can be used as a muscle and joint rub to ease pain and stiffness. Nutritional Content Pine needles provide a good amount of vitamin A and about 5 times as much vitamin C as found in lemons. A cup of pine needle tea can help with colds and flu. Steep a handful of washed pine needles in hot water.
DIY - Pine Extract with what is on hand
To make your own, simply cut some pine branches, and needles included, and put them in a wide-mouth airtight jar. Cover the cuttings with grain alcohol or vodka. Shake well and store in a cool, dark place. Shake it at least once a day and start checking it after a couple of weeks. When you walk by and smell the pine smell, you will know it is ready to strain and bottle in a dark container. If you don’t want to use alcohol, you can replace it with olive oil, but your tincture won’t be as strong. If you are giving this as a gift, adding a sprig of clean, washed pine needles to the jar gives it that homey, homemade feel. Please note that this is a very strong preparation, and one drop will go a long way!
This article was adapted from original content of Marie Lasaster, local writer, r.n. Texas County MO.
PINE OIL Chemistry and Active Ingridents
Pine oil is an essential oil obtained by the steam distillation of needles, twigs and cones from a variety of species of pine, at Pinenut.com, we use primarily pine cones after the pine nuts have been removed. The species of our pine oil, is Pinus Edulis, as commonly known asNew Mexico Pinon Pine, or Colorado Pinon Pine.
The cones for this particular distillation were harvested in Colorado in the fall of 2013.
It is used in aromatherapy, as a scent in bath oils, as a cleaning product, and as a lubricant in small and expensive clockwork instruments. It is naturally deodorizing, and antibacterial. It may also be used varyingly as a disinfectant, massage oil and an antiseptic. It is also used as an effective organic herbicide where its action is to modify the waxy cuticle of plants, resulting in desiccation.
Pine oil is distinguished from other products from pine, such as turpentine, the low-boiling fraction from the distillation of pine sap, and rosin, the thick tar remaining after turpentine is distilled. Chemically, pine oil consists mainly of cyclic terpene alcohols.It may also contain terpene hydrocarbons, ethers, and esters. The exact composition depends on various fact y be a good reason why many common household cleaners claim to “smell like pine.” This connection to pine oil and good health is as old as the hills, and its related to the germ-fighting, disinfectant properties of the oil. In fact, it was greatly revered by the father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, who noted its strong healing effect on the human respiratory system.
Similarly, the Native Americans used pine needles in bedding to prevent bedbugs and lice. Pine oil, obtained by extracting essential oils from the cone of pine trees, is a strong therapeutic aid. Similar to tea tree and eucalyptus oil, extracts of pine are powerful agents against harmful organisms of all types, making it a great oil to have in your medicine chest and cleaning cupboard. Its powerful capacities are related to its high levels of phenols, acidic plant chemicals that fight off germs and ward off disease. It also has a healing effect on the endocrine system, and aids the body in cleansing impurities from the skin. Pine hydrosol is an immune-stimulant and body tonic, enhancing overall mental and physical balance.
One might say, the landscape is breathtaking. I cannot say that. I am breathing in the pinon, in fact the evaporating raindrops makes me heady, almost hyper- venerating with delight of that essence which is uniquely southwestern.
We are picking in Colorado and the rains came, and came and came. We are far from Boulder, so we were safe, but the first week on the ground here had me thinking of our time in coastal Alaska. It was not what we anticipated. But, then no two harvest seasons are ever the same. The rains have browned out the bad cones, leaving primarily the good ones and the seeds are exploding inside their little green cocoons.
There is plenty around the valley. But, there are very few who will get their hands dirty and sticky. Only special people will climb the snake filled rocks, who will sleep soundly despite the bears and cougars, who will risk a broken arm or leg to shake a pinon tree from inside out. This is how, the pinon we sell is being picked this day.
Our team arrived and we started picking. Others I spoke with in the American pine nut industry were skeptical that #1, we had a harvest, #2 that we were starting so late in picking cone. A cone harvest is a touchy matter. If one picks too early the nuts will never mature properly and sweeten appropriately. Harvesting hardshell pinon in the cone is a new idea to people in the region. Today, we have yet to have a freeze. Only a couple of cones here and there have opened to release their seeds. Primarily, those at the highest elevations.
We are working with the most lovely native woman, whose presence here with us, reminds me, of the things my busy, busy mind of "have to'" forgets. She shares her mother's great wisdom with me and stories of the Sundance. I listen spell bound. How very blessed to have this woman near. She is a teacher of gentle ways. In three days, I have learned much from her. It is my sincere hope she will be my friend the rest of my life.
The rest of the team arrived last night 10 off duty wild land fire fighters. (It is a special person who picks pinon.) They travelled for two days from Oregon to pick and I feel the greatest of responsibility to them, and to the landowners who have entrusted us with their trees.
We spent two days in town looking for people who might want to pick. A rather heavy middle aged man, joined us the first day. through those efforts. My goodness, he was adorable, working so hard, sticky hands, sticky hair, pine needles through his beard.
He said, " I have 10 acres filled with pinon, I never knew."
SUCCESS!!!! He says, "My wife and 4 children will pick on our land. "
We have changed another person's way of seeing their forest. In one gated community, I try to speak to every landowner I see. I tell them what we are doing, and who is here doing it.
These same people could very well come back here and save these homes one day. They have just returned from fighting the Yosemite wild fire. They have worked hard today and they picked your pine nuts. Their hands are cleaned by rubbing them together in the dirt to remove the pitch of the pine cones. (I forgot to buy Vaseline, but as George has said many times this trip,"You cannot have a picnic unless someone forgets the mustard. They are happy, we are happy and we are blessed - each of us, in the pinon harvest of 2013. There is a great deal of laughter in these trees and very good spirits, all around.
We are working in Colorado this year, and my best estimation is that we could harvest somewhere between 35,000 to 40,000 pounds in this valley. Many of the trees are BEAUTIFUL. I do not plan on picking that much, but that much bounty is here to collect. We ran around cutting cone to find the place with the nuts that were best filling out the cones. Sadly, not all the cones - nuts. One landowner had NO SEED in any of her cones. I was sad for her.
Our primary picking area is an upscale (even for Colorado) subdivision. We are pleased to work with new landowners, and some returning landowners. As noted previously in the blog, there are a couple of issues private landowners have with strangers entering their property.
#1. Liability - no one wants to get sued. Some landowners are well heeled and of course, concerned about protecting themselves and their assets.
Answer: Solid contract that includes hold harmless, waiver and assumption of risk six ways from Sunday everyone waives everything regarding everyone and pickers are clearly subcontractors, well documented contracts with releases, copies sent to landowners .
#2. Damage to the forest -
Answer: This one is easy. I am a forest keeper - that is what I do - harvesting and teaching value is how I accomplish my work. Trees can be trimmed for the health of the tree, fire proofing the area (it takes 700 pounds of ground fuel to fire up a pinon.) I teach proper pruning and the slash can be used by the sub-contractors as fuel in their camps.
The way we interact with the land is 100% solid. All of the people we are working with respect the earth - I would have it no other way. Some live here, others are wild land fire fighters. City dwellers don't sign on to work outside. Or, if they do - they don't last long.
#3. Trash and fire -
Answer - see #2. The wild land fire fighters would do a beat down on anyone who did not know how to manage a fire. Also, on our pick, we do not use fire. I use propane to cook with and there is no reason for fire. We help subcontractors find a good place off site to camp, together with finding subs that know how to live outside, or live locally (not so easy).
Answer - COMMUNICATION, I am a huge stickler for accounting due to my commitment to proving the value of this forest. Documenting gps, people on the pick, production per man, per site. I wrote a great deal about this when the National Organic program requested comments. One cannot audit a wild harvest without auditing the manpower on the ground - period!
The other way to contract is to set a flat fee for picking. I would rather pay by the bushel and I think from what I know about pinon pickers, we are paying about twice the going rate.
Also, with accounting to the landowners - disrespecting people, or their land is not part of nature. I am happy to be paying the landowners, want them to make good money and I want to come back. Okay, that is me. But, if you are a private landowner, looking for team to harvest your pinon, these are all things to consider.
#5. This is not a landowner concern, but my own - FEEDBACK on future land management choices. One of the picks we have is showing stage 1 sign of IPS. It is not large enough to cut a buffer zone. I will show the landowner different ways of fighting off the infestation and hopefully, we can stop it from destroying a lot of trees.
#6. Again, this is my value, not really a landowner foresight, but important. Tracking and marking good trees.
#7. General business references. What kind of credit history does the picking company have? Personal references? Other landowners who have worked with the team. This is important in ALL BUSINESS and landowners need to ask that question - or, if they do not ask, the picking team should volunteer it.
We are ready to start shipping cone boxes. This is a picture of the small cone box, apx 30 pinon pine cones freshly harvested, rich and full of nuts. We only offer these for a short time each year and for the amazing price of $9.95 you can harvest your own fresh pinon pine nuts.
Native American people would often times drop the cones into the hot springs and cook the nuts in the cone with boiling water. You can give that a try to experience pinon nuts in an entirely new fashion. Or, pan roast over an open fire, or place on a tin foil covered cookie sheet for roasting in cone, adds great flavor. Roast @ 350 degrees for 45 minutes.
These are GREAT gifts for loved one and so very, very fresh!!!! The best of all things pinon.
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