January 26, 2013

National Pistachio Day

“Pistachio nuts, the red ones, cure any problem.” – Paula Danziger

It's National Pistachio Day!

Pistachios might be one of my favorite nuts, and apparently they’re other people’s favorite also as the nut is celebrated twice on the national food holiday calendar (today and February 26th).

The little green pistachio – known as “the smiling nut” in the Middle East – came to the States sometime in during the mid-1800's and was introduced as just a garden plant. They’ve been cultivated in the Middle East, however, since Biblical times (it’s actually one of only two nuts mentioned in the Bible: “Then their father Israel said to them, 'If it must be, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your bags and take them down to the man as a gift—a little balm and a little honey, some spices and myrrh, some pistachio nuts and almonds.'” Genesis 43:11).

Pistachios have some amazing health benefits. They’re a great source for protein, fiber, thiamin, copper, phosphotours, vitamin B6, and antioxidants.

I wonder if that includes pistachio ice cream or pistacho Turkish Delight? Let’s pretend that for today it does!

Happy National Pistachio Day!