Pine - Korean
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Korean Pine.
Pinus koraiensis
Pine - Korean

Uses: Nuts
Acquired: tbd
How started: Seed
Source: Lake Forest Park Farmers Market

I grow Korean pine for the nuts and for landscaping effects. The nuts of Korean Pine are the most widely traded pinenuts in international commerce. The are 18% protein, 65% fat and 12% carbohydrate. The nut oil contains 11.5% of the unusual fatty acid pinolenic acid (cis–5–cis–9–cis–12 octadecatrienoic acid). Pinolenic acid is an isomer of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is an ω-6 essential fatty acid (EFA) but pinolenic acid is not. Recent research has shown its potential use in weight loss by curbing the appetite.[1]. Pinolenic acid causes the triggering of two hunger suppressants—cholecystokinin and glucagon-like peptide-1. Pinolenic acid may have LDL-lowering properties by enhancing hepatic LDL uptake [2].

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