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Caution, bad pine nuts = bitter taste in mouth

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Caution, bad pine nuts = bitter taste in mouth

Ridge | Feb 21, 2011 08:56 PM

I thought I would caution people to be careful about the pine nuts they buy. I recently made a delicious rice salad to take for lunches to work. I love pine nuts and used a small container of them for the salad. When I opened up the package I noticed the pine nuts looked different. They were smaller, flatter and whiter compared to the big, rounder, shiny golden pine nuts I am used to using. I knew there were different kinds of pine nuts and did not think anything of it. Three days after eating the salad my partner developed a condition known as “Pine mouth”. He developed an unpleasant strong bitter taste in his mouth that would not go away. It was freaking him out until he discovered what the problem was. It lasted over 5 days, during which everything he ate was bitter. I did not develop any symptoms at all. The symptoms of pine mouth can last for up to 2 weeks. It turns out the pine nuts I used are a particular kind of Chinese white pine nut that causes this. You can read more about pine mouth here:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness...

Be careful to only buy the larger golden European pine nuts.

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