EN on Foods

January, 2010 Issue

Go Green with Pistachios’ Rich Flavor and Health

Pistachios date back eons—evidence from excavations shows that tribes in the Near East gathered them as far back as 20,000 BC. Throughout history, pistachios were considered food suitable for the rich and noble. They were said to have been a favorite of the Queen of Sheba, and also thought to bring good luck to lovers, who would steal away to meet beneath pistachio trees. This royal nut was brought from the Middle East to southern European countries like Italy and Greece for cultivation. In 1976, pistachios appeared commercially in California, where they became an important crop.

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