by johnah on November 17, 2020
Pinon Nut Information – Where Do Pinon Nuts Come From?
The Pines of Wyoming: What Are They Used For?
Pine trees grow throughout the Rocky Mountains. These majestic trees are found from Colorado to California. Pine trees are native to North America and have been cultivated since ancient times. Their use dates back thousands of years when they were used for firewood and food. Today, pine cones, branches and needles make up their main source of nutrition. However, these trees are not just used for food or fuel; they are also used for other purposes such as building materials, construction material, roofing shingles and even as lumber.
In addition to being useful in making things like houses and furniture, pine trees can be quite valuable if they’re harvested properly. The most common way pine trees are harvested is with a machine called a “pipeline.” Pipelines are large machines that pull logs down a steep slope using ropes attached to them.
The rope is pulled along the log until it reaches a point where it’s no longer pulling any more weight. At this point, the tree is cut into pieces and carried away by truck or train to be sold at a nearby sawmill.
A second method of harvesting pine trees involves hand labor. In this method, lumberjacks spend months living in small huts near logging sites.
They clear the trees they need to cut using chain saws and crosscut saws. The trees are then bucked or sawn into 12-foot (3.6-meter) lengths called logs (1). Workers carry the logs to a skid road, where they’re loaded on a horse or oxen wagon and hauled to the nearest river or railroad track for transport to the mill (2).
In this article, you’ve read about the history, varieties and uses of pinyon pine trees. Let’s learn more about the types and varieties of pinyon pine trees.
Pinyon Pines: Types and Varieties
Most pinyon pines grow between 3 to 40 meters (9-131 feet) tall. They have a single trunk.
Sometimes they grow multiple trunks when grown in dense communities. They have a slender appearance. They are dark gray to gray-brown in color. Pinyon needles grow in tufts of three from the branchlets. The needles are 1 to 2.5 centimeters (0.4-1 inch) long and are soft to the touch.
Pinyon trees produce inedible cones that grow at the tips of branches. The seeds inside pinyon pine nuts are often called pine nuts and are highly nutritious.
Sources & references used in this article:
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The mouse-pinon nut connection by R Stone – Science, 1993 – go.gale.com
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