Learn The History Of Our Bulk Pistachios
Pistachios are small, vibrantly green nuts with a medium crunch and a distinctive flavor. Belonging to the genus, Pistachia, and the species vera, pistachio trees are native to desert climates in Western Asia and the Middle East. They are one of the world’s oldest nuts, with earliest cultivations dating back to 6750 B.C.
Pistachio trees take 12-14 years to reach peak production and during this time can produce up to or beyond 45 pounds of nuts per tree. According to data from the USDA, the United States produces the most pistachios worldwide followed by Turkey and Iran.
A fun fact about Pistachios is that they are given as gifts during the Chinese New Year as a symbol of health, happiness, and good fortune.
The Nutrition Of Pistachios
Pistachios have significantly lower fat and calorie content compared to other nuts. They are exceptionally high in protein, Vitamin B-6, and several essential compounds responsible for the maintenance of strong bones and connective tissue, eyes, and skin.
Pistachios Are Protein-Packed
Protein is a critical building block for muscles, bones, hair, skin, teeth, nails, cartilage, and blood. It’s also responsible for giving us a satiated feeling after a meal, causing a feeling of fullness that lasts longer compared to the effect of other nutrients. A single pistachio is jam-packed with protein, containing over 20 grams per 3.5 ounces.
Pistachios Support Eye Health
Pistachios are one of the few nuts that contain zeaxanthin and lutein; powerful carotenoids that aid the body by decreasing the risk of eye disease. Zeaxanthin and lutein are both present in the retina of the eye and are responsible for helping the eyes filter blue light. Studies have shown that consuming these two nutrients may help delay the advancement of cataracts and macular degeneration.
Pistachios For Acne Prevention
Soaring insulin and blood sugar levels are an invitation for unwanted acne. Pistachios help control healthy insulin and blood glucose levels, which may contribute to a lower risk for acne. They also contain zinc, which combats inflammation and redness, as well as Vitamin E – an antioxidant that helps to heal and repair damaged skin cells.
Culinary Uses of Bulk Pistachios:
Top salted pistachios onto a salad
Use them to make traditional halva or baklava
Grind them and mix with sauce ingredients to top meats such as fish and poultry
Enjoy them alone as a healthy snack
Incorporate them into a mix of other dried fruits and nuts.
Storage and Shelf Life
Store pistachios in a cool dry place, like the pantry or fridge for up to 3 months. If frozen, they will last up to a year.
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