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Friday, February 26, 2016

National Pistachio Day

Pistachios grow on trees. They are native to the Middle East.

Its a long wait to get the first nut. A pistachio tree takes 7-10 years to mature.

California is the major producer in the U.S.

Pistachios are harvested in September by machines that shake the trees. It less than a minute.
The red dye is added to the nuts is only due to consumer demand for the color.

Its open hull is unique. The nut is ripe when the hull splits open.
 People in the Middle East call it the "smiling nut" and in China its called the "happy nut".
Pistachios are nutritious, so eat them up

There are a number of ways to enjoy eating pistachios. One of my favorite ways is pistachio ice cream

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