Pine Nut Syndrome

27 Jan

I am sure you are wondering what the heck I am saying here with a title like “Pine Nut Syndrome” and trust me a few days ago I would have been right there with you. I will attempt to explain so please bear with me.

Pine Nut Syndrome is where certain people eat pine nuts and then for days even weeks later have a very bitter or bad taste in their mouth, which is worse after eating or drinking, (or in my husbands case just salivating). It is not a harmful syndrome unless you stop eating all together, (which I have almost done).

This started shortly after I went grocery shopping. I decided to purchase my own ingredients to make a trail mix for my husband and myself. I did not like the selection the store was offering, too many sweat things and not enough of the nuts and cranberries and such that I prefer. So I wanted to try pin nuts in this home-made trail mix as well. My best friend Beckie loves pine nuts. She however gets hers from the American Indian reservation and a good friend of hers. I have tried those before and they were good so I figured all pine nuts were the same.

Boy was I wrong. After a quick search on Bing and then a follow-up call to the nurse at my doctor’s office it was confirmed that what my husband and I were suffering from was Pine Nut Syndrome. I did more research and learned that we had eaten Chinese pine nuts. Not that Chinese pine nuts are bad just that I learned that scientists believe that most of the trouble with this syndrome happens the majority of the time because people consumed Chinese pine nuts. Again, I have tried pine nuts from an area in Nevada/California and did not have a problem but the bad taste has happened with the foreign pine nuts. So I am willing to believe what the scientists have speculated upon in this instance.

So anyway, my husband and I have days if not weeks to slowly get over this nasty taste in our mouths. I really don’t think I will ever want to eat pine nuts again. Not if just after a bite I could suffer for days. And I really don’t have the desire to eat. Every time I try it is ruined by the lingering bitterness so I may not eat much until food tastes good again. Maybe I will lose a few pounds, I know this is not a good way to lose weight but you try having this problem and see how appetizing food is to you. Sorry, a little grouchy from the yuck taste and the lack of nourishment.

So on to a topic that I want to talk about. My knitting is still on hold, I spun a little on my new drop spindle. It is a Turkish drop spindle and I love that as you spin you wind around the arms on the bottom of the spindle, around what is the whorl and when the cop is full you just slide the components apart and you have a nice neat little ball of singles waiting for a mate to be plied with and to top it off the little ball you have is a center pull. I spun some “woolly cup cakes” from a merchant on Etsy. I love the Border Leicester wool that I get from her. The colors are always fun and the wool is soft and easy for me to spin.

Someday I will have enough money and energy to buy a whole fleece and do the whole process myself. I am sure that I would enjoy knowing that I washed, carded or combed, spun and then dyed my very own fleece. And then to turn it into something or several somethings would be a massive achievement. I look forward to that day.

So long for now and I hope that all of you have a wonderful and fiber productive week. I know I am looking forward to a fiber productive week. I am hoping to get at least one of my unfinished projects completed and off the needles this week.

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