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Has anyone ever had a taste disturbance caused by eating pine nuts?

Asked by DominicX (28762points) October 15th, 2010

I’d never heard of such a thing, but recently I made a dish with pine nuts (something I haven’t eaten in years). Now I seem to have this constant bitter taste in my mouth that shows up especially strongly after eating something. Apparently this can be caused by eating pine nuts, especially ones from China (the pine nuts I used were form China).

Has anyone ever experienced such a thing? Should I just not use pine nuts in the future? How long will this last? What should I do to fix this?

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kevbo's avatar

Yes. It will go away in a few days. And it is annoying to say the least.

wundayatta's avatar

This is the first I’ve heard of it. I love pine nuts and I’ve never experienced that. Of course, watch me now. Next time I’ll taste it—psychosomatically. Or maybe it’s just something I’ve never really paid attention to. I make a lot of pesto with pine nuts, too.

DominicX's avatar

Pesto was what I made as well. I was going to make it for everyone in my house, thank God I was the only one who had any. I had to throw it out. :( I spent $7 on those fancy imported poisoned pine nuts…

@kevbo To say the least, yes. :P

Neizvestnaya's avatar

It only takes a few rancid pine nuts to spoil a sauce so that could’ve happened. I can tell you from years of harvesting and eating fresh American pine nuts that you still get a yucky one in with the good now and then.

downtide's avatar

Rancid nuts of any kind do taste awful and the taste lingers for a long time. I’ve never had rancid pine nuts (although I do use pine nuts a lot – I love Pesto) I have experienced this with a bad hazlenut.

wundayatta's avatar

I guess that’s why we keep the nuts in the fridge.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

Hasn’t happened to me, but I’ve heard that it is common with pine nuts.

cockswain's avatar

Yes, I think it’s called pine mouth. My wife got a case a few weeks ago, first in her life. First I’d heard of it too. She was researching her symptoms online and figured out that’s what she had. Basically her sense of taste went away for nearly a week.

She called the restaurant and the manager knew it happened, but so rarely he refused to throw out his pine nuts. So guess what, we don’t eat at that assholes place anymore. Nor should anyone in the Denver metro area patronize IL VICINO. They don’t care about my wife.

MissAnthrope's avatar

I’ve eaten a fair amount of pine nuts and never experienced this. How strange! I hope it doesn’t happen because it sounds unpleasant.

Brian1946's avatar

I get organic pine nuts and I store them in the fridge.
I’ve never experienced a tenacious aftertaste.

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Kayak8's avatar

Wow, didn’t know about this—will pay better attention to the source of my pine nuts!

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