Pine Nuts in South Waziristan [2018]

Pine Nuts in South Waziristan [2018]
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Pine nuts trees grow across North America, Europe and Asia. Pine nuts have been an important food source for thousands of years. Roman soldiers took them as campaign food when they raided Britain over 2000 years ago. Even before that, Greek authors mentioned pine nut trees as food producers around 300 BC, and it is thought that earlier societies used them and transplanted them throughout the Mediterranean region to Israel and even Georgia and the Black Sea between 6,000 and 10,000 years ago.

Pine nuts refer to the edible seeds of pine trees. There are around 20 species of pine nuts available worldwide. Pine nuts contain a wide variety of nutrients such as proteins, vitamins, and minerals, which are essential for maintaining optimal health. Additionally, the presence of anti-oxidants makes pine nuts more useful in the treatment of certain health disorders. Furthermore, pine nuts help to boost energy, vision, and anti-aging. Pine nuts are being used extensively as a healthy ingredient in the food and beverage industry in recent years. Pine kernels are, indeed, very good source of plant derived nutrients, essential minerals, vitamins and heart friendly mono-unsaturated fatty acids that help benefit in reducing cholesterol levels in the blood.

In spite of its irregular nature, overall world pine nut production followed a growing trend throughout the previous ten years, totaling 22,850 metric tons (kernel basis) in 2017/18. Over the last five years, global production amounted to 26,400 MT on average. In 2017/18, China was the top producer with 39% of the world share, followed by North Korea, Pakistan and Afghanistan with 135 each. (See Annex-1 for Pine Nuts production details around the Globe).

Improving economic condition, increasing disposable income, and growing awareness of the health benefits of pine nuts are propelling the global pine nuts market. The analysts forecast the global pine nuts market to grow up to 20.68% during the period 2017-2021.

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