Ah Pinon! – The scent of fall…


 The aspens have begun to change on the mountain displaying their brilliant oranges and yellows. The temperatures have settled into the 50’s and kiva fireplaces are ablaze with our native pinon wood. The fragrance of pinion wood, especially when burned, is unmistakable.

Bundled up with a scarf securely around my neck and latte in hand, I walk down Guadalupe Street while enjoying the magical fragrance of pinon as it wafts in the air over the village of Santa Fe. I stop for a second, close my eyes and let it seep in. There is no other place I would rather be.

Pinon pine is a small, slow growing evergreen tree, usually only 10-30 feet in height. The seeds are edible and important for wildlife.  For more than 2,000 years Pinon nuts have been used by Native American peoples of the Southwest, including Pueblo, Navajo, Ute, Shoshone, Cahuilla and Paiute. The fall harvest of these nuts was an occasion for great festivity. Surpluses were stored for winter food supply. The pine nuts you buy in the store are usually from pinon pine trees.

This dense, slow growing southwestern pinewood is a favorite among wood burners. Well known for its wonderful fragrance, pinon wood has become a must for those looking to enjoy the warmth and aroma of a wood burning fire.

Visit Santa Fe, and you’ll see why fall has it all: perfect climate, lots to do, lighter crowds. Autumn is the perfect time to start making travel plans to Santa Fe for the coming months