The nutrients underneath the pistachio shell
Pistachios are high in iron, magnesium and vitamin B-6.* They're also a good source of vitamin A, calcium and vitamin C, according to the USDA nutrition facts for a one-cup serving.*
Pistachios make a satisfying salty snack. They're also incredibly versatile in your favorite recipes. Bakers revel in whipping up pistachio cake! You can use pistachios in your homemade breads and muffins, sprinkled on salads, in pesto, hummus or as part of a lovely breading for fish or chicken.
The historic pistachios' journey to your plate
Native to the Middle East, pistachios are one of the oldest flowering nut trees. Recent archeological evidence in Turkey suggests that humans were enjoying them as early as 7000 B.C.* Flourishing in hot climates, pistachios spread from the Middle East to the Mediterranean, quickly becoming a treasured delicacy among royalty, travelers and common folk alike.*
Iran is the largest producer of pistachios worldwide, followed by California.