When Is Harvest Season for Pinon Pine Nuts in Colorado?

Save

Visit Southern Colorado in the fall and you'll find commercial groups and private harvesters alike scouring the brush for pinon nuts. These small nuts come from the pine cones of the pinon tree and are used in desserts, breads, salads and pesto.

Time Frame

  • Harvest times vary from year to year, depending on the weather and other environmental factors. Typically, harvest time runs from Labor Day through October. Occasionally, harvesters may find pinon nuts as late as November.

Expert Insight

  • Pinon nut gathering is a yearly tradition for many Native American and Hispanic families in Southern Colorado, according to the Edible Communities website. Harvest times and locations are not published, but announced by word of mouth. However, the website Pinon Nuts offers detailed information on harvest times and locations in conjunction with the Bureau of Land Management.

Considerations

  • The Bureau of Land Management allows private harvesters to collect up to 75 pounds of pinon nuts annually for personal use without a permit. Commercial harvesters or private harvesters picking large quantities must obtain a permit. The bureau charges commercial pickers 20 cents per pound with a $20 minimum.

Related Searches

References

  • Photo Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images
Promoted By Zergnet

Comments

Resources

You May Also Like

  • Benefits of Pine Nuts

    Pine nuts, the seeds of various species of pine trees, are the main ingredient in pesto. The nuts have been eaten for...

  • How to Process Home Grown Almonds

    Almonds, which are lower in saturated fat than many other nuts, also contain fiber, vitamin E and protein. It is important to...

Related Searches

Check It Out

How to Make a Vertical Clay Pot Garden

M
Is DIY in your DNA? Become part of our maker community.
Submit Your Work!