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    Hey folks,
    I'm sick of not being able to get Pine Nuts in Idaho and/or
    having to pay high prices via the net. I used to harvest my
    own when I lived in Reno and understand why they cost so much.
    ( Nothing like being covered in sticky pine sap )

    Anyway, I'm thinking about an expedition into Nevada to
    satisfy my craving.

    Can anyone help with good places to find them in Northern Nevada?
    ( I read Wiki and understand the topography, I'm looking for GPS cords )
    ( If you have a secret location and don't want to 'fess, I understand )

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    Dan

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    Have you tried Winco? I think they have pine nuts in the bulk section.
    George
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghcoe View Post
    Have you tried Winco? I think they have pine nuts in the bulk section.
    Ya, that's where I used to buy them. They haven't stocked them in a couple of years ( meridian anyway )
    I need to check the other stores.

    Thanks,
    Dan

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    If I think about it when I am down at the downtown store I will check.
    George
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    The problem is they are so temper-mental on the weather that one year they may be loaded on the trees and the next nothing. I came across some where we had little winter snow but lots of summer rain. But yet today while out elk hunting we went into an area that had the same weather season and nothing.

    I'd check with the BLM offices in Elko and Winnemucca, they might have a clue.

    I'll ask at work too, one of my co-workers daughters collects them and sells them in Pioche for $7.00 a 1/2 pound IIRC.
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    Piņon pines are kind of rare in the northern section of Nevada around Winnemucca. Junipers are the predominate tree, that being in sections that haven't burned out in the past decade due to wildfires. Piņons are more dominate further south.

    As said by Gary, nut conditions very from one section of the forest to another in the same area.

    Growing up on the northern slopes of the San Bernardino Range (southernmost Mojave Desert) in the 1950s and 1960s, I used to love to go nutting. Or I'd eat them right from the tree while riding my motorcycle exploring every cow path from my house to Big Bear Lake. Continued after I moved to the eastern Sierra Nevada.

    Since I moved to near Winnemucca several years ago, I've found that starting about this time of the year, a Native American family from the Ely area comes to Winnemucca for several days to sell them. Prices are high, as expected. Last I bought some (two or three years ago?), price was $11 per pound.
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    [QUOTE=Since I moved to near Winnemucca several years ago, I've found that starting about this time of the year, a Native American family from the Ely area comes to Winnemucca for several days to sell them. Prices are high, as expected. Last I bought some (two or three years ago?), price was $11 per pound.[/QUOTE]

    Funny you should say that. I was camping in southern Idaho this weekend. It rained and the wind blew relentlessly. I decided to treat my wife and daughters to a buffet and
    hotel room, so we pressed on into Elko. I asked around as to where to find pine nuts. The best answer was "You need to see the nut guy who hangs out at the gas station
    by the Gold Dust West." I thought, cool, now we're getting somewhere.

    Unfortunately, he wasn't there today. Oh well..... ( banging head )

    Thanks David, I appreciate it.
    Dan

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    Around here we have hoards of Hispanics collecting them. Back in the day it was Native Americans. Hopefully the Natives are out sourcing the work now But I'd assume it's some company using cheap labor. They also collect the Juniper berries when they come out too.
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    BTW they are selling for $14 a pound around here. Not sure what the going rate is.
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    On the way home from work yesterday, I spotted the nut sales crew - in this case a kid posted by one of the restaraunts with a folding table and chair, and a couple of plywood signs (they usually place several people at various locations in town). It was too late to stop when I spotted him, I didn't have any cash, and I was planning on running home, grabbing my shotgun and heading to a buddy's house to pick him up to go chukar hunting (we have our priorities, you know ... ).
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