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Annually the same old same old annoyances.
Those dang underground vines ‘hearty weeds’ invade the
allotted space reserved for floral growth in the old woman’s
To her it seems the crowd of creeping crawlers pay nightly
visits to the mass floral border to steal life from all her delicate
She’s aware she’ll never truly be free from them.
Furious, the old woman lets down her lovely locks then proceeds to
let off steam.
A few feet away stands a friendly neighbor viewing the lovely night
sky filled with sparkling stars.
As she approaches him, he suddenly remembers how their last
conversation turned into a face-to-face altercation when the old
woman became a tad irate.
Best cut star-gazing short this evening and head indoors for fear the
old woman will lash out again directing her anger in the wrong direction.
His thoughts turn to: ‘no thanks’, ‘no way’, ‘not in the mood’ to take the fall
for pesky groundcover.
Sad, her once joyous hobby now more of a task drove a wedge between two
Pistachios, cultivated in the Middle East since Biblical times, made their
debut in the US during the 1880s.
A pistachio tree grows approximately twenty (20) feet tall. This tree
requires high heat and little to no rain.
To mature and bear fruit takes between seven (7) to ten (10) years.
Pistachio shells are beige in color.
If inferior or based on consumer demand the shells can be dyed colors
red or green.
Pistachio shells when ripe split naturally and the kernels eaten fresh
or roasted whole salted or unsalted.
The people of China refer to pistachios as the ‘happy’ nut.
In the Middle East pistachios are known as the ‘smiling’ nut.
Iran claims to have seven hundred (700) year old pistachio trees.
California produces around 300 million pounds of pistachios annually.
Excellent source of vitamin B6 – protein and fiber, etc.
Pistachio shells can be recycled; wash and dry salted ones prior to use.
A few ideas for Pistachio shells:
1. Line the bottom of containers of houseplants (helps with drainage
and retention of soil).
2. Place shells from ‘salted’ pistachios around the base of plants (a
deterrent for slugs and snails).
3. Holiday tree ornaments
1. Order a pistachio biscotti with your coffee.
2. Gift a bag of this healthy snack to a friend.
3. Treat yourself to a one ounce serving – approximately 164 calories.
4. Opt for pistachio butter, a delicious spread known for its own unique
flavor of sweetness.
Priced three or four times higher than other nuts, Pistachios near the
category of ‘luxury’ nuts.
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