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Pine nuts are the edible seeds of some varieties of pine trees; they are small seeds but very nutritious.
The pistachio tree is native to the Middle East, where it was cultivated as early as prehistoric times, particularly in Persia : it is said that those who loved each other used to meet under pistachio trees and listen to the crackling of the fruit hatching in the moonlight.
In ancient Rome the walnut tree was sacred to Jupiter, the name walnuts in fact meaning "acorns of Jupiter." Walnuts, like almonds and chestnuts, have been a valuable food for mountain peoples for years, and for this reason referred to as poor man's bread.