Friday, December 24, 2010

Pine Nut Mouth

A relatively new phenomenon is emerging as people are starting to report strange taste sensations after eating pine nuts.  What is being described as a "taste disturbance" can occur when a person eats pine nuts from China.  For some unknown reason up to 2 days after eating the offending nuts one gets a bitter, metallic taste in the mouth and everything tastes bitter - for up to two weeks.  The symptoms are apparently different for each person and some people have little or no reaction at all.  For people that are affected it can be quite disturbing, but symptoms will disappear without any treatment.

Wikipedia:  Risks of eating pine nuts

The Chinese pine nuts (left) are smaller than the European variety (right) and more rounded and are probably cheaper.  Some people have reported symptoms after eating nuts from Trader Joe's and Ralph's stores in southern California.  My suggestion is to read the labels and if no origin is listed, opt for larger, longer nuts.

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