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    Pine nuts are the edible seeds of pine trees, found in the genus Pinus. These seeds have been used in the cuisines of Europe, North America, and Asia for thousands of years, since they are high in protein, dietary fiber, and flavor. Some traditional recipes call for pine nuts, often toasted to bring out their distinctive taste, which is, for lack of a better word, very nutty. Trees in the Penaceae family, which includes pines, produce characteristic cones to reproduce. The hard and often spiky cone protects the tender seeds inside from predators until the cone cracks open, depositing the seeds on the ground. Many pinecones must be heated to crack, which is why pines flourish after a fire. Of the numerous species of pine tree, around 20 produce seeds which are large enough for humans to harvest.