Nucibus Pineis Saccharo Conditi
Pine nuts in sugar - contributed by Gaylin J. Walli

Original recipe from De honesta voluptate:

Pine kernels are drawn from pine nuts, which hold resin when they are separated, and when eaten in food generate the best of humours, settle thirst, take away the imbalance of humors of the stomach and purge the urine... Sugar is melted, and pine nuts are rolled in it with a scoop and made into the shape of a pastille. (Milham, 177)

Modern recipe: Pine Nuts in Sugar

For 160:

  • 20 cups cup pine nuts 
  • 20 cups sugar
For 8:
  • 1 cup pine nuts 
  • 1 cup sugar
Melt the sugar in a clean, dry pan for approximately 10 minutes over medium high heat. When sugar is melted, add the nuts and stir to coat. Remove the pan from the heat and shape the mixture roughly into cylinders. Let the mixture cool until you can handle it safely with your bare hands. When cool enough, roll into cylinders.

Per serving nutritional information:

176 Calories; 7.8g Fat (36% calories from fat); 3.7g Protein; 27.2g Carbohydrate; 0mg Cholesterol; 1mg Sodium

Notes on the recipe:

This seems rather straightforward. Melt sugar in a dry pan and add the pine nuts. Roll them around to coat and shape the resulting mixture into cylinders.

Additional notes on this recipe may be found at: The Coronation Feast of Dag IV & Elayna II


Milham, Mary Ella. Platina's On Right Pleasure and Good Health. University of North Carolina at Asheville: Pegasus Press, 1999. ISBN: 0866982086.

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