Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Piñones means pine, pine nuts
Piñónes means sprockets, gear and chain

Great Basin States, U.S.

Lonquimay, Chile


Known Unknown said...

For some, it's cilantro. For others, it's pine nuts.

Now, everyone here can needle me for not liking pine nuts.

Known Unknown said...

But I am a pun nut.

chickelit said...

A "rack & pinion" interconvert rotational and translation motion. gif

A while ago, some researchers reported a molecular version of such a device: link

The Dude said...

I guess in poorly translated Spanish George Jetson (Hetson?) worked at Spacely Space Pine Nuts.

Does a Nissan Leaf make the same sound as George's flying car? Deaf guys want to know.

chickelit said...


In Italian, the "one" ending indicates largeness (there's a grammatical term for that I'm forgetting). So wouldn't piñones indicate a big piñes?

chickelit said...

Sixty would know; he knows wood.

XRay said...

I love pine nuts, such a delicate flavor. And what a lot of work those Indian's did for their harvest and eventual partaking. Is the same process used in Chile for those, comparatively, huge nuts.

I also liked the filming of 1961, just the facts, ma'am, just the facts.

Though, Mrs. Winnemucca as a name did give me a chuckle. Not a racist chuckle, mind, just a are you serious chuckle. Which, obviously, they were.

Synova said...

We have pinion trees in our yard but I've never managed to figure out when to get the nuts. During the season, though, whole families go out to the country, along roadsides, and have picnics while they knock the cones and nuts onto sheets on the ground.

The pine nuts for sale locally are never shelled. They're usually salted and roasted and you just eat them like sunflower seeds one at a time. The shells are thick and really hard.

I bought a bag of raw nuts and roasted them myself once. It didn't work that well because I sort of burned them.

After watching this video I wonder how a largish mortar and pestle would work for cracking the shells.

I bought 2 pounds of pine nuts at Costco today. I think they come from China.

chickelit said...

The dolmas I made the other day had pine nuts. I keep some around for making pesto. Anyways, the dolmas recipe I used was Turkish. The woman who gave it to me said that Greeks make dolmas too but they are too cheap to use pine nuts.

Greeks and Turks hate each other.

XRay said...

Most do these days, come from China I mean, pine nuts. As they became, for lack of a better term at the moment, a fad, which domestic supply could not meet. I don't think they taste as good, but then, that likely just confirms me as racist, or surely something 'ist'.

chickelit said...

Most do these days, come from China I mean, pine nuts.

The ones I use (from Trader Joe's) come from "Russia, Korea, and Vietnam. Roasted In USA"

XRay said...

"Greeks and Turks hate each other."

I know this and have read much about it over the years, but really, I've forgotten the whole damn lot. Including Cyprus.

Perhaps an update on the history of such could be a good post.

XRay said...

Well, Synova mentioned China. Which if one goes to Costco and not so much Trader Joe's is the case. Very easy to get localized in ones opinions, a given.