Where do Pistachios grow best?
It's uncertain where pistachio nut trees originated, but possibly in Central Asia. Growing pistachio trees commercially for nut export occurs primarily in Turkey, Iran, Afghanistan, Italy and Syria where the arid climate is optimal for growth.
Modern pistachio trees are simply not grown and then wait for the results. The nut you buy to eat will not germinate to produce a tree from which you can obtain more nuts. Trees are grafted onto a rootstock (either after plantation or in nursery stage) and the tree takes off from there
- Eat an almond anywhere in the world and chances are that it was grown in the Golden State. California produces 82% of the globe's almonds, harvesting about 800,000 acres of the tree nut across a 400-mile stretch from northern Tehama County to southern Kern County.
- Many people are surprised to learn that peanuts do not grow on trees like pecans or walnuts. Peanuts are legumes, not nuts. The peanut plant is unusual because it flowers above ground but the peanut grows below ground. Planted in the early spring, the peanut grows best in calcium rich sandy soil.
- One-hundred percent of the U.S. pistachio crop is grown in the West, including California (98.5 percent of the crop), Arizona, and New Mexico. There are about 850 pistachio growers in the tri-state area. California growers have about 250,000 acres of pistachios in 22 counties.
Weight Gain. The high protein and fiber content makes pistachio nuts a satisfying and convenient snack for many people. However, if you go nuts when eating pistachios and eat a handful at a time, you could gain weight. For example, if you eat a full cup of pistachio nuts, you could consume close to 700 calories.
- Pistachios contain lutein, an antioxidant found in fruit and leafy green veg, and according to a nutritionist, are less are less calorific than peanuts, “as you have to take the shell off”. Nutritionists warn that eating too many pistachios may lead to excess weight, which is not good for the heart.
- On the one hand, nuts are high in fat and calories and have a reputation for causing weight gain. Just a half cup of shelled pistachios with no salt added has 170 calories, 13 grams of fat, and 1.5 grams of saturated fat. At only four calories each, pistachios are a relatively low-calorie snack.
- batfish ,you're kidding right?! there is NO way a person could chew pistachio shells. If you read the article correctly they're trying to tell you the action of shelling the nuts in front of you sloes down how many you eat at once instead of pre-shelled bowls of nuts.
Updated: 21st October 2019