“When they said Good Things come in Small Packages, they for sure meant Pistachios”
This is what I read 5 days back with regards to Pistachios and realised how true it is 🙂
We all have grown up eating Pistas, chahe as a snack ya phir kisi dessert ke uppar daal ke ya phir rishtedaari mein koi Marwari Shaadi ho to Pista Lauj (Burfee) mein bhi 🙂
Oh yes also in Papa and meri favourite ‘Standard ki Pista Burfee’ (Khoya Burfee with Whole Pista pieces) & Kesar Pista Ice Cream from Nirula’s!
And somehow I always thought ki hum jo Pista khaate hai woh Indian hi hai aur India se hi bahar jaata hai. Par galat tha main.
Pata chala ki 75% of Pistachios are produced in Iran & USA. And now USA has become the leader in the past few years.
November is the harvesting season for Pistachios and this year ‘American Pistachio Growers’ organized an ‘American Pistachios Virtual Harvest Tour’ where we could see farmers harvesting their Pistachios and also were able to talk to the team regarding the entire process. The cherry on the ‘Pistachio Pudding’ was a Session with the Famous American Chef Nancy Silverton. Chef Nancy created Pistachio Macaroon Tart (More details in Link below) live & also answered all queries about how Pistachio can be used in various ways and how it is a great source of protein.
While the discussion was ON, it struck me that Almond ko hum badaam kehte hai, Raisin ko Kishmish ya Sogi then why do we call Pistachio as Pista only. Means uska bhi koi Hindi word hona chahiye par found ki there was none.
And this makes me smile whenever I think about how few things are called the same in so many languages and we use them in our vocabulary without knowing the source.
The event was hosted by Hollywood’s Famous Foodie Host Billy Harris who kept the session going & also entertained & engaged us by sharing some facts about Pistachio. Sharing a few below.
- Scientific evidence suggests that eating 1.5 ounces per day of nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.
- Pistachio is one of the oldest flowering nut trees, humans have eaten pistachio nuts for at least 9,000 years. Plus, pistachios are one of only two nuts mentioned in the Bible.
- Due to its classic shape of Pistachio nut peeping out of its shell, Pistachio is also called “The Smiling Nut” In Iran & “The Happy Nut” in China.
I literally salivated when Chef Nancy garnished the Pistachio Macaroon Tart & wished to be transported to her kitchen & so that I could have one Large Bite. 🙂
Nevertheless, I do have the recipe and shall try it at home sometime. If you too wish to try it then you can check more recipes (Indian too) on https://americanpistachios.in/recipes-and-snacking or get more details about US Pistachios on https://americanpistachios.in/Virtual-Harvest-Cook-Along