ISLAMABAD: Eating a good amount of pine nuts (Chilghoza) in winter season normalize the blood flow and prevents the heart from cardio vascular diseases.
The antioxidants present in pine nuts neutralize free radicals and so can help to prevent cancer and other heart diseases, Health news reported.
They are good for the skin and eyesight, boost the immune system and can lift our mood, relieving stress and anxiety.
The Chilgoza (pine nut) comes from the tree Pinus gerardiana which naturally grows in the north-west Himalayan region and extends through Balochistan and Afghanistan, growing at altitudes from 5500 to 9000 feet.
In Pakistan in winter people make a snack called Kish Kish by mixing chilgoza (outer skin removed) with jaggery which has been well-pounded, peanuts with the outer skin removed, walnuts, sultanas and dried coconut shreds, and eat it on cold mornings to give them an energy boost.
It is a very healthy snack which can easily be made. Pine nuts are in common use in Sub-continent when it comes to dry fruits.
It can grow on barren hillsides and is very hardy and able to withstand both cold and drought. As it needs little soil to grow but has a large root system; it helps prevent landslides.
They contain palmitic, stearic, oleic and linoleic fatty acids, and are high in calcium and other minerals including phosphorous and iron.