Reatimus used them on the Romans. Galen, a second-century Greek doctor, prescribed them to his patients for their reported powers. Even today, some people hail the pine nut as one very deft kernel of love.
Pine nuts, also called pignolis, come from inside the cones of pine trees and are harvested by drying the cone. This delicate and buttery nut, which contains the highest amount of protein of all nuts and seeds, comes in several varieties: Europeans eat an Italian or Swiss version; Asians use the strongly-flavored Chinese nut; Americans eat a Mexican nut. But it is the communities around the northwestern Himalayas who rejoice the most. Privy to the pignoli of pignolis, a product of the Chilgoza Pine, they enjoy an outstanding birthrate. Perhaps pine nuts increase fertility. Or maybe they just increase copulation. Whatever the case, they’re worth a try.
creating the image
Readers love this shot, and they’re always asking how we created this bustier of pine nuts. Very simple: we glued them on. One by one. Actually, we started with handfuls, but then filled in the holes with individual nuts. We used a costume glue that peels off easily, but if you want to try it at home, I recommend honey or corn syrup or peanut butter. The model, who I found standing in line at an Indian restaurant, was a great sport through the entire tedious process. After we applied the majority of the nuts, she crossed her legs and we poured more pine nuts in her lap to give the look of a complete bathing suit. After the shoot, we peeled off the entire bustier in one piece. The monochromatic look of her golden hair, bronzed skin, and golden pine nuts reinforces the buttery, rich quality of this aphrodisiac.
photo by ben fink