Pines are commonly used for their flavor giving properties. The wood, leaves (needles), branches, bark and pitch all have the strong and unique aromas of pine. Of the pines, Scots Pine is relatively sweet and floral. This tree is good to smolder and impart a woodsy smoke to other foods. All parts of the tree can also be used to infuse into vinegars and other liquids for all manner of drinks and condiments.
The flowers of the pines are known to contain a pollen which is particularly nutritious. Although the nutrients are bound within a rigid cell wall, high pressure treatment or cooking has been shown to release the nutrients from the cell wall, rendering them bioavailable.
Not of exclusive interest to males, there has been discovered within the pine pollen, a compound which mimics testosterone in the body and can have a stimulating effect. There is considerable research into the nutritive properties of pine pollen which can easily be found online. One thing is for sure: pine pollen is about as broadly nutritious as it gets. It is seriously packed with energy. Eat it!
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