When I bought the pine nuts at (Ojai Farmer's market), I had no notion that I was also taking home with me the essence, the sweet scent, of a pine forest.
Crushing the shells and removing the nuts was a meditation for me. The scent of the pines was released, subtly, as the shells were cracked. The nuts inside were surprisingly soft and delicious, with a flavour different than dehydrated pine nuts usually available. When opening the nut, tiny shoots were sometimes present.........living food. The first thing I made with these fresh pine nuts was a pine nut/date pudding.