Pine Nuts

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Pine Nuts

Post by wbdeford » Wed Jan 28, 2015 11:31 am

What time(s) of year is one likely to find edible pine nuts in the Panamint mountains?

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Post by Panamint Charlie » Wed Jan 28, 2015 1:16 pm

David Bricker and I were hiking in the Panamints on the last weekend in January many years ago and found a pinion that was chock full of nuts. I don't know if that's normally the right time of year, but those were the best pine nuts I've ever had.

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Post by D.A. Wright » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:13 pm

Generally speaking, September through November. As Charlie stated, you might get lucky and find one later. Not all trees produce annually so you'll find cone bearing trees checkerboarded with those that are empty of cones. Squirrels and birds will usually beat you to them.
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Post by DVWanderer » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:12 pm

Is it actually NOT against the regs to eat NPS flora?

eating an ancient Paiute booger would come with jail time I'm sure.

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Post by wbdeford » Wed Jan 28, 2015 3:17 pm

Thanks, guys....sounds unlikely I will find any, as I will be there in April.....but will look at a few anyway :)

Good question about whether it is against the regs to eat them....I definitely drink the water....

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Post by Sparky of SoCal » Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:46 pm

http://www.nps.gov/deva/parkmgmt/rules- ... ations.htm

FOOD GATHERING
The following fruits nut and berries may be gathered by hand for personal consumption in quantities of less than 1 quart per person per day and no more than 5 total quarts per calendar year.
• pine nuts
• mesquite beans
• grapes
• fruits of non-native plants (such as palms, apples, figs, black walnuts and pomegranates)


I think you good to play with your nuts.

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Post by JesPortland » Wed Jan 28, 2015 7:28 pm

Ha ha thank you for that Sparky!

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Post by MojaveGeek » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:35 pm

In bumper crop years I've had good luck in January in places where there are plenty of trees.

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Post by David_Bricker » Wed Jan 28, 2015 8:38 pm

Panamint Charlie wrote:David Bricker and I were hiking in the Panamints on the last weekend in January many years ago and found a pinion that was chock full of nuts. I don't know if that's normally the right time of year, but those were the best pine nuts I've ever had.
Those were indeed the best nuts I've had, even better than Woodser's. :cool:

I don't think they even lasted to get them off the mountain. And dang, that was many years ago, wasn't it? We need to do that again.

David Bricker / SYR

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Post by AndyR » Wed Jan 28, 2015 9:53 pm

Don't mess with Woodser's nuts and the Combat Cooler :!:

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Post by Panamint Charlie » Wed Jan 28, 2015 10:05 pm

AndyR wrote:Don't mess with Woodser's nuts and the Combat Cooler :!:
It's funny you mention that. I took Woods on that same January trip about five or so years after the Bricker trip. There was too much snow that time and no nuts to be harvested from that tree. Woodser's nuts sufficed.

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Post by DVWanderer » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:31 am

Sparky of SoCal wrote:http://www.nps.gov/deva/parkmgmt/rules- ... ations.htm

FOOD GATHERING
The following fruits nut and berries may be gathered by hand for personal consumption in quantities of less than 1 quart per person per day and no more than 5 total quarts per calendar year.
• pine nuts
• mesquite beans
• grapes
• fruits of non-native plants (such as palms, apples, figs, black walnuts and pomegranates)


I think you good to play with your nuts.

very cool, thank you! Commencing nut play...

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