Sunday, April 12, 2009

Pinus pinea,Stone Pine

Pinus pinea
One of my favourite trees is the majestic Stone Pine from Southern Europe and North Africa. It is the source of the sweet tasting pine nuts or pineoli ,an essential ingredient to always have on hand in the kitchen for making pesto or toasting and adding to salads. Most sold here are sourced from China. The tree is tall and straight with a distinctive flat- topped crown and attractive bark which often scales off to reveal orange patches. The tree is easily though not widely grown here, tolerating a diversity of soil types and is especially useful as a coastal tree. 
2017 update: I don't have any stock available.

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