Pistachios are some tasty tree nuts! Cousins of the cashew, they are delicious and loaded with wholesome nutrients. These delicious treats are native to Asia, particularly in Iran and Iraq. Archaeological evidence dates the association of pistachios and man as early as 6,000 BC. Today, apart from Iran, Iraq, and Syria, pistachios are being produced in many countries such as the United States, Australia, Turkey, and China, among others.
A pistachio tree takes about 10 to 12 years to produce its first crop. A single pistachio tree can produce about 50 kilogrammes of nuts every 2 years! With such delicious flavour, it’s well worth the wait.
Let’s have a look at what makes up these healthy nuts:
From the table above, pistachios are packed with healthy fats, protein and fibre. Pistachios are a very good source of mono-unsaturated fatty acids such as oleic acid and antioxidants. They are also a solid source of vitamin B6. Vitamin B6 is needed for normal brain development and function. It helps our bodies make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which influence mood, and melatonin, which helps regulate the body clock.
It also provides a fair amount of potassium, which is crucial to heart functions. This element also plays a key role in skeletal and smooth muscle contraction, making it important for normal digestive and muscular function. Pistachios also provides the body with a dose of magnesium regulating muscle and nerve function, blood sugar levels, and blood pressure and making protein, bone, and DNA.
Pistachios can be enjoyed in a number of different desserts; salads, in cooking, desserts and just as nature intended it. Get down to your nearest Gorima’s and get your nutty fix.
We are currently running a promotion on white pistachios at only R99.99 (400g).