Pine Nuts & Wine DO NOT Mix !!!

Posted by Pat Morrison, May 12th, 2011 | 1 Comment

This is taken from an article in the Calgary Herald, dated Monday May 9, 2011., author Denise Ryan.  "It's the sort of thing that drives you crazy; a tin foil taste on your tongue and everything you eat tastes bitter.  It has a name - "pine nut syndrome" or "pine mouth".   Facebook even has a Page - "Damn You Pinenuts."   It typically appears about 2 days after ingestion of a rogue pine nut, and can last for up to 2 weeks! 

 Larry Stefan, from Vancouver, was struck two weeks ago - he simply cannot eat because everything tastes horrible.   The syndrome hit him a couple of days after he enjoyed some pine nuts sprinkled on a salad.   A wine lover, with a 2,500 bottle cellar, Stefan couldn't choke down a glass of good red.   It tasted like vinegar.    A January report in the Journal of Toxicology suggests that taste disturbances following consumption of pine nuts is related to a species from Southern China.  It is a relative newcomer to the billion-dollar-a-year global pine nut market.  Some suppliers are taking action to limit imports from southern China.

The source of a bag of pine nuts can be problematic to trace, as pine nuts are sold in bulk on the global market, & the pack you pick up off the shelf could contain pine nuts from a variety of sources."

Very interesting article -- don't think I will be eating pine nuts any time soon -- I want to enjoy every glass of my fine wines!!


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Bruce wrote on May 14, 2011 1:44 PM:
Interesting, indeed! I think this may have happened to me awhile back - this now explains it! Thx. I plan on staying away from pine nuts henceforth.

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