Dwarf Siberian Pine Nut
The Dwarf Siberian Pine Nut is a very rare shrub with dense, prostrate branches and often forms extensive thickets in its native habitat. Beautiful and edible! Please note: these plants are 3 inches tall.
About Dwarf Siberian Pine Nut
The Dwarf Siberian Pine Nut is a very rare shrub with dense, prostrate branches; grows from 1-9 feet tall. Three inch long needles in groups of five. Oval 2 inch cones.
- Latin Name: Pinus pumila
- Also Known As: Dwarf Japanese Stone Pine, Dwarf Siberian Pine, Dwarf Stone Pine, Japanese Stone Pine
- Zone: 4-7
- Pollination: Self-fertile.
- Bearing Age: 5 years or more after planting.
- Size at Maturity: 1-9 ft
- Bloom Time: Spring
- Harvest Time: Fall
- Type: Seed Grown/Seedling
- Food Forest Use: Understory Layer
- Origin: Native to the mountain areas of eastern Siberia and Japan.
About Pine Nuts
There are about 115 Pine species, but only about 20 of them are useful for nut production.
Pine nuts are ready for harvest about 10 days before the green cones begin to open. The cones are harvested with either long poles (often bamboo), long-handled pruners, or long-handled saws which knock the cones down or by a person who climbs the tree and harvests each cone by hand (the “piñero”). The harvested cones are placed in a bag (burlap is most common) and then exposed to heat (sunlight is most common). In about 20 days, the drying process causes the cone to fully open and the nuts can be extracted, usually by swinging the bag into a hard surface causing the cones to shatter and release the seed. It is possible, but difficult to harvest the seed from the ground after the cone opens on its own. Conversely, animals are very good at harvesting fallen nuts as a food source.
The nuts will need to be shelled after collected from the cone. This can be time consuming if done by hand with a hammer. There are commercial shellers available which are rather expensive. There are also a number of plans for do-it-yourself shellers available online. Read more on pine nuts @tcpermaculture
Edible Uses: Seed – raw or cooked. Rich in oil, it has a slightly resinous flavour and a pleasant soft texture[K]. A reasonable size, the seed is up to 10mm x 7mm. A vanillin flavouring is obtained as a by-product of other resins that are released from the pulpwood. Read more on pine nuts @Practical Plants Wiki
Edibility Rating: 3 = could be grown as standard crops Read more on pine nuts @Plants For A Future
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A guide to choosing the right size
1 Quart = Available for immediate dispatch. Plants are between 3in-36in in height. They are like small plug plants with deep (5in) roots that will get established very quickly.
Bareroot = Field grown plants that have been freshly lifted and supplied with no soil around the roots. Only available during the dormant period November-April.
1 Gallon & larger = Container grown or bare root plants (planted in containers while dormant) and can be planted all year round. Nursery standard container size (also called #1). The size refers to the amount of soil that the container holds which is slightly less than 1 gallon. Please note that at the moment we do not ship gallon and larger plants.