Pistachio ice cream, pistachio salad, pistachio nuts… When I was younger, my mom got pistachios that had beige shells with green nuts inside. If you were around in the 70’s and 80’s, you might remember these things being red. It seemed we were the only ones at the time who had the “natural” nuts. I remember having pistachio ice cream that wasn’t green either.
Today most people know that pistachios are green, thanks to marketing of this nutrition powerhouse. Pistachios originate from several other countries, but they are also grown in southern New Mexico (along with pecans, peanuts, and of course chile).
Pistachios, like most nuts, are a good source of protein (6 g), fiber (3 g), and unsaturated fat (11 g) per serving. They also contain many vitamins and minerals. One 1-ounce serving of pistachios is 49 nuts and only 160 calories, compared to most other nuts that are 180-200 calories per ounce.
The best way to get your pistachios is free and clear, straight from the bag. And make sure they are GREEN.
You can make pistachio baklava, your own pistachio ice cream, and pistachio salad. I tend to go with the nuts on their own, or occasionally in baklava, which I can buy locally.
How do you like pistachios?
RESOURCES & LINKS TO RECIPES:
Heart of the Desert – buy pistachio baklava, red chile flavored pistachios (these are okay red), pistachio brittle… Enjoy.
McGinn’s Pistachio Tree Ranch and home of the World’s Largest Pistachio in Alamogordo, New Mexico – they also sell many flavors of pistachios.
Spring Salad with Grapes and Pistachio-Crusted Goat Cheese a recipe from Cooking Light at MyRecipes.com
The Green Nut and Pistachio Health for nutrition information, resource and more recipes.
No affilation with any farmers, sellers, or pistachio organization.