Pistachios actually are kernels obtained from fruits belonging to the Anacardiaceae family, in the genus: Pistacia. The plant is a medium-sized broad, bushy, dioeciously, deciduous tree.
Pistachios grow well under hot, dry summer and cool winters. After plantation, it takes approximately eight to ten years until the plant produces its first major crop. Once established, it keeps bearing fruits for many years to come.
Pista fruit, in fact, is a drupe (fruit with a large, central located single seed), and it is this seed kernel is what actually edible “pistachio nut”. Each season, the tree bears heavy clusters of fruits that appear somewhat like that of a grape bunch. On its exterior, a mature fruit features a hard, off-white color shell that splits apart exposing light green, oblong shape kernel inside.
⦁ Split pistachios are a great addition to vegetable/fruit salads.
⦁ Popularly known as “pista,” these nuts have been widely used in sweet dishes in Indian, Pakistani and other South-East Asian countries.
The health benefits of pistachios include a healthy heart, weight management, protection against diabetes and hypertension, and improved digestion. The vitamins, minerals, fats, and protein found in pistachio are all very good for your health.
⦁ Helps in the production of hemoglobin
⦁ Good for your skin⦁ Great for your eyes
⦁ Has anti-inflammation properties
⦁ Improves your digestion
⦁ Nutrition⦁ Heart Health
⦁ Weight Management
⦁ Boosts immune system
⦁ Gives relief from constipation
⦁ Improves the body’s metabolism
⦁ Reduces risk of heart attacks & strokes
⦁ Ids in wound healing & cellular growth
⦁ Beneficial for digestion & intestine health
⦁ Skin Dryness
⦁ Absorption of iron
⦁ Reduced Risk of Age-Related Macular Disease or (AMD)
In California’s blazing hot San Joaquin Valley, millions of pistachio trees are now buried in clusters of small pinkish-green fruits — what would seem like a bumper crop. The California producers claim their pistachio taste about the same but are larger, fresher, and easier to open. California is the only state, which produces pistachios on a commercial scale.