I did some research on pine nut trees when thinking about what trees I wanted to plant. The pine nut trees are all extremely slow growers, slow enough that you may be planning a harvest for a generation or two out.
I like the idea of planting something that could potentially live 1000 years, but not enough to do it with all the other projects going on.
I have never tried to eat maple seeds, or even thought of it. But, I do have a large maple that shades our rabbit hutch. I grab handfuls during the season and feed them to the rabbits, and they love them. It is amazing how fast a maple can grow from seed.