If you live in the mountain west or southwest area of the US, you are likely familiar with pinon – the nut from the pinon pine tree. These are quite different from pine nuts used in italian cooking. Pinon is considered a first food – one that was a primary staple for the native americans of this region. They are tasty and delicious, raw or roasted, but be warned that the same quality that makes them a superior survival food also makes it not so good for those of us trying to lose weight. They are extremely high in calories. Therefore, use these sparingly unless you are lost in the wilderness, but heres some recipes for them anyways.