Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

28 Sep

Pinheiro do Parana – Araucaria – Curi

“Solitary trees, if they grow at all, grow strong.”

Winston Churchill

This solitary tree lives in my parent’s ranch. It produces Pinhão, and when it is in season is always my favorite time of the year. Growing up, I eagerly waited for the trees to start dropping its beautify cones full of pine nuts. They are green and large, resemble the durian fruit, and the seeds on their interior look just like the ones from a regular pine cone. But they are larger, and can be cooked in water or grilled.

Pinhão looks like its cousin Pine Nuts, but it is softer, and its taste is much more subtle. It is used in both sweet and savory dishes, and has high nutritional value.

Because they are considered an endangered species, the trees have been protected by federal legislation since as early as 1797. In fact, it is illegal to sell its seeds outside of the legally permitted season, and since 2001 is also illegal to cut this tree down.

Pinheiro do Parana, Araucaria, or in the Tupi Indians language who inhabited this area – Curi – is a tree from the pine family. It has been around for over 200 million years, and usually lives for 200 to 300, but could live up to 500 years.

This species is only found in the south of Brazil, more specifically in the state of Parana. Curitiba, which is my hometown and the capital of the state means in Tupi abundance of pine trees. Curi (originally Ku’ri ) means pine tree , and tüba, which later became Tiba means abundance, a lot of.

7 Responses to “Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary”

  1. Rosarita September 29, 2012 at 8:29 am #

    Cada dia mais fotos bonitas.Estou adorando o que você escreve e as fotos que coloca. Continue sempre assim


  2. foodnotherstuff September 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm #

    Obrigada por me seguir Rosinha! E pelos doces comentarios!


  3. bodhisattvaintraining October 2, 2012 at 12:25 am #

    amazing tree!


  4. Ken in Los Angeles January 7, 2013 at 1:19 am #

    Hi. Do you know where I can purchase these nuts? I am in Los Angeles, California. Thanks.


    • foodnotherstuff January 12, 2013 at 1:28 pm #

      Hey Ken, unfortunately I don’t think you can buy it anywhere here in the U.S. . I tried and couldn’t find it anywhere, because there are no Araucaria trees here. And it is very burocratic, almost impossible to import seeds and nuts due to the invasive species issue. I will let you know if I find them! They are amazing, and you can cook them in so many ways…


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