National Pistachio Day-Feb. 26th

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.

Fun facts:
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 haveĀ seven hundred (700) year old pistachio trees.
California produces around 300 million pounds of pistachios annually.

Health benefits:
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

To observe:

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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