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Interesting Facts About Pistachios

Did you know that tomorrow, February 26 is Pistachio Day?

Here are some more interesting facts about pistachios:

Pistachios arenโ€™t actually nuts, they are the tree’s seeds.

Pistachios are one of the oldest flowering nut trees; and one of the only two nuts mentioned in the Bible. There’s archaeological evidence suggesting that humans were enjoying pistachios as early as 7,000 B.C.

Pistachio tree takes 7-10 years to mature.

In Iran, pistachios are known as “the smiling nut”, and in China, they are called “the happy nut”.

Pistachios are loaded with nutrients. In a 100 gram serving, pistachios provide 562 calories and are a rich source of protein, dietary fiber, several dietary minerals and vitamins, especially B vitamins.

Studies suggest that eating pistachios may reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as modestly lower blood pressure and cholesterol.

Do you like pistachios? In case you do, check out my delicious matcha and pistachio truffle recipe.

See also:

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Written by ellie925


  1. An excellent and very educated post …. I knew something about pistachios of everything but … but it’s still good for something, even in men

  2. Well, I love pistachios so I find this post interesting altho I would say the lady named Elie is more interesting ??. Now since you shared this tidbit, I would assume, among the nuts that are nuts but seeds, the pistachio must be the saint of them all ?.

  3. If only pistachios comes without shell… I’d love them more!
    Thanks for the information
    and yes, they’re called Kai Xin Guo (Happy fruit) and is a Chinese New Year goodies ๐Ÿ™‚
    even though we eat them too outside of CNY

    • Thank you very much! I guess that’s true. Botanically, some of the nuts are true nuts (like hazelnuts and chestnuts), but what we eat is still the seed of the nut.