Pine Nut

Pine Nut – Prosperity – Pioneer of Nuts & Seeds (Ace of Coins)

Genus: Pinus – Family: Pinaceae

Pine nut signals a time of prosperity in our life. It encourages us to open up to new ideas and sources of inspiration se we may create with fresh eyes and renewed energy.

Pine nuts (commonly called pinon or pignoli) are actually the seeds held within pinecones of certain species of pine trees. There are only 20 varieties of pine trees that produce seeds large enough to harvest and be considered a pine nut. The most prosperous pine nut comes from the Korean pine, Pinus koraiensis, which is native to Asia and the temperate rainforests of eastern Russia. Korean pines reach heights of 100 feet tall and their forests are home to Siberian and Amur tigers. Due to the overexploitation of these trees for wood, the Siberian and Amur tigers are an endangered species. Korean pine forests are now being protected as habitat for the tigers. Pine nuts are the main food in the lifecycle of these tiger species.

In Europe, the most common source of culinary pine nuts is the stone pine, Pinus pinea, which has been cultivated for over 6,000 years and used as a wild food source before 10,000 BCE. The stone pine is native to the Mediterranean region and is now naturalized throughout the Middle East, Africa and Europe.

In the United States, pine nuts are primarily harvested by Native Americans including the: Shoshone, Navajo, Hopi and Washoe tribes. Treaties in Nevada were negotiated that guarantees Native Americans’ right to harvest pine nuts.  Pinus edulis, native to New Mexico and Colorado produces larger nuts that the Navajo people used as currency during the trading post era. There hard, outer shells were also used as beads for traditional regalia and jewelry.

The Latin word for pinecone is pinea, in the 1680s the French word pineal literally meant, “like a pine cone.” The pineal gland was named because of its resemblance to a pinecone. The pineal gland is a light sensitive organ that regulates our sleep patterns by opening and closing. All pine nuts are released from an open pinecone when it senses the time is right.

Message: The pine nut reminds us that life is a precious commodity to be treasured and appreciated. This is a time of abundance when an unexpected gift may come our way and could appear in many forms. As we receive these gifts it is important that we honor where they came from and the sacrifices that were made along the way. Living in reciprocity with our natural world means honoring the gifts we receive by giving back or carrying it forward. By honoring our gifts of prosperity, we share in our abundance.

Challenge: An opportunity we were counting on may fall through or we may be spending more than we can afford. This could also indicate an unhealthy obsession with wealth and power, which leads to greed and over consumption.