Sumptuously hedonistic pistachio nuts have been adored for their wellness properties seemingly since the dawn of civilization. Today, pistachios are cultivated extensively in the USA, Iran, Syria, Turkey, and China. Each tree takes eight to ten years to produce its first crop but these delightful nuts brimming with protein, fats, and minerals are well worth the wait.
A rich source of antioxidants, including pistachios in your diet, provides a range of health benefits including:
- Lower LDL (bad) cholesterol
- Reduced incidences of cardiovascular and coronary heart disease
- Reduced risk of age-related macular disease or (AMD) thanks to its carotenoid antioxidants
- Good source of dietary fiber
- Healthier bones thanks to calcium and magnesium content
- Improved immune response due to antioxidants and copper
- Decrease risk of weight gain
- Promotes absorption of iron
Aside from its nutritional value, pistachio oil is a very healthy cooking oil, infusing dishes with a pleasant yet delicate nutty aroma.
Key Nutrition Details
Pistachios are an impressively rich source of protein, fats, and minerals. A daily snack of 100 grams of contains the following nutrients (% Daily Recommended Intake):
• Energy: 29%
• Carbohydrates: 21.5%
• Protein: 37%
• Total Fat: 148%
• Dietary Fiber: 27%
• Folates: 13%
• Niacin: 8%
• Pantothenic acid: 10%
• Pyridoxine: 131%
• Riboflavin: 12%
• Thiamin: 72.5%
• Vitamin A: 18%
• Vitamin C: 8%
• Vitamin E: 150%
• Sodium: 0%
• Potassium: 22%
• Calcium: 11%
• Copper: 144%
• Iron: 52%
• Magnesium: 30%
• Manganese: 52%
• Phosphorus: 54%
• Selenium: 13%
• Zinc: 20%
Pistachios have a lower calorie content of only 160 calories per ounce compared to other nuts and dried fruits, making it an ideal weight-watching snack.
The Chinese call pistachio nuts the "happy nut" while in Iran pistachios are known as the "smiling nut". Here are six more fun facts about chia seeds:
- Emperor Vitellius introduced Rome to the pistachio nut in the first century A.D.
- Humans have eaten pistachio nuts for at least 9,000 years making them part of the original “Paleo” diet
- Pistachios are mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 43:11)
- Pistachios owing their green and purple colour nut to antioxidants
- Pistachios that won’t open are generally not ripe
- Pistachios are related to the mango, poison ivy, poison oak, pepper tree and the sumac spice
- The Queen of Sheba adored pistachios, confiscating the region's pistachio harvest for herself.
Storage Tips & Shelf Life
Unshelled pistachios can be kept for many months providing they are stored in a cool, dry place as they quickly absorb moisture from the air and go stale. Always keep shelled pistachios in your refrigerator.
How to Enjoy
One of the original Paleo diet ingredients, pistachios are also great for vegan diets. Pistachios are typically eaten raw or roasted and salted. They make a great addition to salads, seafood, roasted vegetables, sauces, and pesto variations as well as tour de force ingredient in pie crust pastry and pizza bases. Sprinkle crushed pistachios on cake toppings, muffins, tarts, cookies, biscotti, and energy bars. They are delightful in a whole range of heavenly deserts, including baklava and make truly sublime ice cream while salted pistachio brittle is to die for.
|Ingredients||Certified organic raw pistachio nuts|
|Allergens||Packaged in the same facility as milk, peanuts, sesame, soy, tree nuts|
|Country of Origin||USA|