My Pinyon Pines (Pinus edulis) are developing cones and showing new growth as well. We are supposed to have an El Nino year bringing us more rainfall here in the dry Southwest. I dearly hope so.
This fall I will collect a share of the nuts from the pine cones, leaving the bulk for wildlife and replacing the trees lost to the pine bark beetle.
Pine nuts are one of those glorious free foods that taste delicious, are expensive to buy ($20/pound last year), and provide a rich note to dishes like Mole Sauce (usually served over boiled chicken).