National Pistachio Day
National Pistachio Day celebrates this popular nut. It is native to the Middle East, including Turkey, Syria and Lebanon. Pistachio nuts are believed to have been around since the beginning of human history. They are thought to have been eaten by humans for at most 9000 years.
According to historians, the Babylonian hanging gardens were likely home to pistachios (which are similar in structure to grapes), around 700 BC. Actually, pistachios is only one of two nuts mentioned in the Old Testament portions. These were believed to have been assembled around 500 BC.
Pistachios have a special status. Legend has it that Queen of Sheba once restricted the consumption of pistachios only to her royal court, and forbidden commoners from growing them.
Pistachios arrived in Europe with the Romans around the 1st Century AD. The pistachio was then imported to America in the 1800s by several Americans with Middle Eastern roots. They became a popular snack food in America in the 1900s and were available almost anywhere, even in vending machines.
Red dye was used by both importers and producers for many decades to disguise flaws and make the products more attractive to consumers. The dye was known to leave red stains on the hands and faces of those who ate it. The dye was eventually discontinued in the 1980s and they are now sold in their original color.
Iran is the largest producer of pistachio nuts. These tiny nuts are an integral part of Iranian culture and can be found at feasts, weddings, funerals, and other celebrations. Other warmer regions of the globe are also home to pistachios, such as California, USA, and Mediterranean Europe. This nut is most popular among the Chinese, who are believed to be the biggest consumers.
Pistachios can be eaten more than just as a snack. Pistachios can be used in many types of cooking. Sometimes, their sweet flavor is used in desserts such as the Lebanese dessert baklava. Sometimes, pistachio-flavored ice cream can be found alongside other popular flavours like strawberry or chocolate.
Research has shown that moderate consumption of pistachios may help maintain a healthy heart. Pistachios are rich in nutrients that may lower your risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
You can celebrate National Pistachio Day in many ways, so be prepared!
You can take a cue form the cultural heritage of the Pistachio to celebrate this nut in many different ways. These ideas will help you get started.
A great snack that you can take with you anywhere. Grab a bag of pistachios and crack open the shells to enjoy. Enjoy a nutty treat, whether you’re looking for something raw or roasted, or in the shell.
You can also use them to garnish salads, grind them up and add them to sauces, or chop them and put them on top of desserts like ice cream, cakes, and pastries.
Enjoy creativity in the kitchen with pistachio recipe ideas. These unique and delicious ideas for baking and cooking with this delicious nut are sure to please the whole family, sweet or savory.
What could be more delicious than a simple snack of pistachios? Sharing it is the best! You can either give some snacks to your coworkers or take some pistachio-based pastries to share with family and friends. You can also take a friend to a pistachio gelato shop or gelato stand for a scoop. Delicious!
This is your chance to learn more about pistachios and to share it with others. These are some interesting facts about the world’s most beloved nut.