Where do pine nuts come from? Well, as the name suggests, pine nuts come from pine trees. These large pine trees are a common sight along the Dalmatian coast. On the beach in summer, they provide welcome shade and an outdoorsy-piney scent that is not to be found on the beaches of SoCal. I had wondered if the giant pine cones contained those yummy edible nuts (or seeds as the case may be), but it didn’t occur to me that regular people (such as myself) could crack ’em open and eat the contents. But indeed, it is possible! It’s quite amazing to figure out where your food is coming from (precisely) and now I realize why these little gems are so dang expensive at the store. Its a bit labor intensive, but worth the effort.