Today is National Pistachio Day! Bet you didn’t know there is a national holiday for almost every food. The pistachio is native to the Middle East and is known there as the “smiling nut”. Chinese call the pistachio the “happy nut”. I love nuts of all kinds but just the thought that this little nut is called “smiling” and “happy” makes me want to eat them. Anything happy and smiling has to be good. Pistachios are great snacks during the day because they are so low in calories. A serving of 47 pistachios is only 158 calories.
Pistachios came to the United States around 1854 and California is the major producer in the states. Pistachio trees take anywhere from 7 to 10 years to reach maturity and can produce fruit for up to 200 years.
Pistachios are rich in potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin E, thiamin, copper and phosphorus. They are full of nutrients, great for cholesterol and aid in digestion. Pistachios are a rich source of energy and studies have shown that eating pistachios with carbohydrate-rich foods will help to maintain healthy blood glucose levels.
Celebrate National Pistachio Day today with some pistachio ice cream, sprinkle some on your salad or just have some for a healthy snack.
Click on the links for the pistachio recipes below and Enjoy!
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