Do you want to know if pinecones are edible?
That’s what we’re going to cover in this post. First, we’ll give you the short and simple answer.
Are Pine Cones Edible?
Pinecones are edible and reasonably safe for people to eat. But it’s not recommended. Baby Pinecones contain terpenes that can be harmful to your health. Adult pinecones have cellulose which is difficult for us to digest.
Pinecones aren’t lethal to us if you eat one, but you won’t feel well after a couple of bites and will make you sick if eaten over a period of time. Despite all that, inside the pinecone protected by the pinecone itself, are the seeds which are called pine nuts. These are edible and taste very good.
If you want more information, keep reading below.
What are pinecones classified as?
Pinecones come from pine trees only. They belong to a group of plants known as gymnosperms. Gymnosperms are a group of plants who have naked seeds, not enclosed in an ovary.
They have been described as having a nutty flavor to them. The texture is similar to that of sunflower seeds.
People and Pinecones
Humans have been consuming pinecones for some time now. Are they deadly lethal to people? No. But that also doesn’t make them automatically labeled, edible.
Pets and Pinecones
Now since we have some knowledge of the background and history of people eating pinecones, one of the common concerns that come up next is.
What about my pets?
Pine trees were classified as poisonous to dogs and cats. The symptoms that occur include vomiting and depression.
This usually happens when the pine sap or pine needles that get attached to the pinecones that a dog or cat would eat.
This is one of those details that make you appreciate reading up on some survival literature, it’s not all “pointless to learn”.
The sharp edges and points of the pinecone can end up perforating their stomachs.
To summarize this post answering the question, can you eat pine cones?
People have been eating and can eat pinecones. They are poisonous to dogs and cats so keep an eye out for them in the fall time outside.
I hope this article helped you determine whether or not it’s safe to eat pinecones and if they are actually edible or not.
Have you ever eaten pinecones in order to survive?