Today we are celebrating National Pistachio Day! One of my favorite snacks! Have you ever cooked with pistachios? In honor of the day, I found 7 original pistachio recipes for you to enjoy! Because after all, it wouldn’t be a celebration without food, would it?
While we refer to pistachios as nuts, they are actually seeds of red or yellow plum-like fruits whose flesh is removed during processing. Similar to the almond. However, they are in the cashew family, so we will call them nuts here!
So what can we make with pistachios? Well I’m here to tell you!
Orecchiette with Pistachio and Picholine Olive Sauce from Cooking Weekends
Pistachios are one of the oldest flowering nut trees, and are one of the only two nuts mentioned in the Bible. Folks have been eating pistachio nuts for at least 9,000 years!
Did you know? Pistachios were an indispensable travel item for early explorers due to their nutritional value and long storage life.
Cran-Pistachio Cookies from Betty Crocker
Even the royalty loved them
As the legend goes, the Queen of Sheba made an official declaration that pistachios were an exclusively royal food. In fact, nobody else was allowed to eat the local pistachio crop but her!
Did you know? Almost 90% of the fat found in pistachios is the healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats. Pistachios are a good source of fiber providing more fiber in one serving than many types of whole fruit.
Goat Cheese and Pistachio wrapped Grapes from Vanilla and Spice
A good pistachio is a split pistachio: Pistachios grow in heavy grape-like clusters surrounded by a small fruit. When they ripen in late summer or early fall, the pistachio kernel fills the inside the shell and splits it open.
In Iran, pistachios are known as the “smiling nut.” In China, it’s called the “happy nut.” Pistachios are also known as the “green almond.”
Pistachio Fudge from The Craftinomicon
Did you know? In America, pistachios were once dyed red to disguise shell imperfections and make the nuts stand out in vending machines!
Parsley Pistachio Pea Pesto over Pasta from What’s Cookin’ Italian Style Cuisine
Pistachios are a relatively new U.S. crop, not officially being introduced until the 1970’s. Now, California produces upwards 300 million pounds of pistachios, about 98 percent of the domestic US crop.
Iran is the largest producer of pistachios in the world.
Fluffy Pistachio Dessert from Taste of Home
What put pistachios on the map in the US? Well, it is attributed to the invention of pistachio ice cream!
Pistachio Pudding Salad from High Heels and Grills
So celebrate the day by trying out one of the original recipes above! I’m loving the Pistachio Fudge, but they all look fabulous! Which is your favorite?
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