Pistachio trees come from central Asia, and specifically from Iran and Iraq. They are now widely cultivated, from Asia and the Mediterranean to America. The island of Aegina got its first pistachios just before 1900 and since then the island is very diligent and successful in their cultivation. Fresh Greek pistachios are now also produced in Megara, Euboea, Halkidiki and Fthiotis in early September.
- Pistachios provide the organism with a good amount of protein and B complex vitamins and are rich monounsaturated fatty acids, which are beneficial for the heart.
- They also provide protein which is the most beneficiary substance for the organism.
- They contain folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and natural fibres.
- You can have the folklore tradition of Aegina in your everyday menu by adding pistachios in your yoghurt and honey, in any green salad or by buying “pastelia” as well as by preparing the famous desserts baklava and mosaiko. Pistachios add a sparkle of taste and color in our lives.
Did you know that...
- Pistachio trees are resilient in dry climates but susceptible to humidity, and this is why pistachios are easily affected by humidity, if not properly stored.
- When purchasing pistachios we should select those that are slightly open in the front and not on the side.
- We can find plain pistachios (salted or unsalted, roasted or raw and fresh), as well as pistachios without shells.