Who invented pistachios?

Origin: The pistachio tree is native to western Asia and Asia Minor,from Syria to the Caucasus and Afghanistan. Archaeological evidence in Turkey indicate the nuts were being used for food as early as 7,000 B.C. The pistachio was introduced to Italy from Syria early in the first century A.D.
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Where are pistachios grown the most?

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.
  • Can you eat raw pistachio nuts?

    Raw pistachios are a healthy, nutrient-rich snack that you can eat anytime, anywhere. One serving of this healthy nut has as much fiber as half a cup of broccoli or spinach, while also offering potassium and vitamin B. Give your diet a health boost with raw pistachios!
  • Are pistachios good or bad for you?

    9 Health Benefits of Pistachios. Not only are pistachio nuts tasty and fun to eat, they're also super healthy. Technically a fruit, these edible seeds of the Pistacia vera tree contain healthy fats and are a good source of protein, fiber and antioxidants. Interestingly, people have been eating pistachios since 7,000 BC
  • When did they stop dying pistachios red?

    Dying the shell red or green covered up the stains. But today about 98 percent of pistachios sold in the U.S. are grown in California, where a more mechanized harvesting process means that the nuts are picked, hulled and dried before the shell has a chance to become stained, so there is no need to dye them.
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Are pistachio nut shells poisonous?

Pistachio shells typically split naturally prior to harvest, with a hull covering the intact seeds. Like other members of the Anacardiaceae family (which includes poison ivy, sumac, mango, and cashew), pistachios contain urushiol, an irritant that can cause allergic reactions.
  • Can you eat raw pistachio nuts?

    Raw pistachios are a healthy, nutrient-rich snack that you can eat anytime, anywhere. One serving of this healthy nut has as much fiber as half a cup of broccoli or spinach, while also offering potassium and vitamin B. Give your diet a health boost with raw pistachios!
  • Can you eat the apple of a cashew?

    When ripe, the whole thing falls off the tree, and the bottom part is gathered for processing. The false fruit (called cashew fruit or cashew apple) is edible, but it is very perishable. It is often left to rot, but can be eaten raw, cooked, or used to make a liquor called feni.
  • How do you salt pistachios?

    Pour this salt solution into a deep saucepan over high heat. Add about 8 to 10 cups of pistachios and stir until all water has evaporated and salt is deposited on the nuts. Spread nuts on a cookie sheet in a preheated 250 degree F. oven and roast 1-1/2 to 1-3/4 hours, depending upon taste preference.

Updated: 26th October 2019

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