February 26 – World Pistachio Day

Posted on February 26, 2014

How do you celebrate World Pistachio Day?

Well, you wear green, of course! Think Stephen Colbert on his “wonderful pistachios” ad for the Super Bowl.

Oh, and I guess you should also eat some pistachios! I love them plain, of course, but I also love pistachio ice cream and pistachios in salad. Oh, and baklava made with pistachios!

Here is a recipe for pistachio nougat candy. (Yum!) 

Here are some tips and recipes for adding pistachios to salad. 

And here are 22 recipes from snacks to entrees to desserts. Including baklava. 

Did you know...?

  • The first American harvest of pistachios was relatively recent: 1976! (That's especially surprising since at least some Americans ate pistachios in the 1800s, and pistachio ice cream became a craze in the 1940s.
  • Today, California produces about 98% of the pistachios grown in the U.S. (So, pretty much all of them!)
  • Top world producers include (#1) Iran, (#2) the U.S. (by which I mean California), (#3) Turkey – and runner ups China, Syria, Greece, and many more. 
  • In Iran, pistachios are known as the smiling nut, and in China, as the happy nut.
  • Pistachios are related to cashews and mangoes.
  • Pistachios are good for your heart because they have phytosterols and unsaturated fat. They provide fiber and antioxidants, thiamine and B-6, even beta-carotene. That means that they help fight cancer, Alzheimer's, and other diseases as well.

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