Pistachios, also known as the green almond and a member of the cashew family is the seed fruit of pistacia vera, originating in Persia. Recent archeological evidence in Turkey suggests that pistachio’s date back as early as 7,000 B.C., making it one of the oldest flowering nut trees. After first being planted in California in the 1930’s the production of pistachios here in the United States has grown rapidly. Today, the United States is the second largest producer of pistachio’s in the world with Iran being the largest.
While pistachios are famous as a snack or for being used in ice cream they can also add flavor to a variety of dishes. If you love pistachios then check out The Green Nut for some great recipe ideas.