- A large almond-shaped nut from the pine cone (up to 10 kg) of the 80-metre Queensland bunya bunya pine, Araucaria bidwillii. The nut is encased in an elongated woody shell, and the meat is beige in colour with a waxy texture tasting like an earthy chestnut. Bunya nuts are supplied fresh (January to March) or frozen, and can be eaten raw or cooked. When frozen, they should be boiled to loosen the shell. Use like chestnuts or as a potato substitute.