Pines are well-known as a wilderness survival food.
The soft, white inner bark is edible and very high in vitamins A and C.
Under certain conditions, the entire tree can explode in flames.
In the colonial period, all white pines greater than 24 inches in diameter were legally reserved for shipment to England, where they were used as ships' masts.
This was the tree of choice for most commercial uses until about 1890.
The resin of some pine species is important as the source of turpentine.
Other species have large seeds that are sold for cooking and baking.