0Alessi Pine Nuts are obtained from the cones of certain pine trees. The Stone Pine produces usable cones at fifteen years of age. Each cone, which must be manually scaled, contains appproximately 100 seeds. They are a regular ingredient in many Italian dishes (especially pesto), but are also used in Turkish, Balkan, Middle Eastern and Mexican dishes. Toast until lightly golden and sprinkle over grilled vegetables, pasta salad or green salads. They can also be used in candy, cake decorating and cookies, such as macaroons.