Economic Botany

, Volume 37, Issue 2, pp 201–206

California pignolia: Seeds of pinus sabiniana

  • Glenn J. Farris

DOI: 10.1007/BF02858786

Cite this article as:
Farris, G.J. Econ Bot (1983) 37: 201. doi:10.1007/BF02858786


The pignolia nut or seed of the Italian stone pine (Pinus pinea) is. well-known as a food item, especially in Mediterranean cuisine. By contrast, the seed of Pinus sabiniana, a species of pine found only in California and once much utilized by the aboriginal population, is little-known commercially. When examined in terms of nutritional value, shell-to-kernel ratio, and kernel weight, the seeds of these 2 species appear to be similar. It would seem that the difference between them for commercial purposes is the 2000-yr cultivation of P. pinea in Europe as opposed to the general neglect of the California species, at least since the Euro-american domination of the area.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Glenn J. Farris
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of California/Davis