The pine nuts add the nutty flavour while the raisins bring a sweetness to the rice. I found this recipe in Canadian Living and it has become a staple. I wasn't a fan of brown rice until now. Try different brands as they do make a difference in texture and flavour, and the time for cooking can vary. Be careful when adding the pinch of cinnamon that a pinch is all you add or the flavour can be overpowering. Great as left overs.