5 advantages of pistachios and their comparison with other nuts
Money may not grow on trees, but other good green things do! Pistachios come from low desert trees related to cashew trees. Originally native to Central Asia, Pakistan, and India, pistachio trees were brought to the United States in the 1850s. Currently, walnuts are grown in only three states: California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Long, hot summers in these states allow optimal ripening.
Although pistachios are technically drupes (the botanical term means “seed surrounded by a fruit”), in culture and cuisine they are considered nuts.
Their mild taste and softer texture make them ideal for light snacks and various culinary preparations. Small green nuts are the fifth most consumed nut in the world! They can be both sweet and savory—you can start your meal with pistachio-crusted salmon and end it with nutty spumoni. Like almonds, peanuts or cashews, pistachios can be used to make nut butter, nut milk and other by-products.
As a surprisingly good source of protein, antioxidants and healthy fats, pistachios can play an important role in supporting heart health, improving sleep and weight loss. Another reason to go crazy: The Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2020-2025 recommends up to 5 ounces per week of plant-based protein, such as nuts.