[permaculture] Re: pine nuts
slimerote at yahoo.com
Sat May 15 18:24:22 EDT 1999
i have very limited experience with growing pine nuts,
but hopefully some info for you:
the pinyon pine (Pinus monophylla) is what grows here
in the cold, dry, usually high, deserts of california.
they're a slow growing tree in these conditions and
probably need a good freeze in order to produce a good
harvest. a mature tree produces a good harvest every
four years so (as in buckets and shovel required under
the commercial 'producers' of the nut are probably
taking advantage of the national forests for their
a friend just collected some nuts for eating, and i
saved some to try to grow (for the same use as you).
a search under the bot. name using one of those
comprehensive search engines (eg., dogpile.com or
metacrawler.com) should yield some more info. the
California Native Plant Society would also be a good
source. (there must be at least one person in the
group there who has a thing for that species.)
ps. post another message in a couple of months and
i'll tell you if any seeds managed to germinate.
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