I think about how foods work to fuel our bodies and what benefits we retain from them; the good, the bad and the ugly. We sometimes eat for pleasure or for pain but do we really ever think about how to create a healthy environment in our bodies for what God designed for us to utilize and maximize our special DNA? Think about how you fuel your body and let me know what your go to snack is.
This thought brought me to todays topic about pistachios. I have always loved them. I remember as a kid going to a local shop in the Bayfair Mall in San Leandro, CA where you could purchase warm nuts of any kind, fresh hot and delicious. I remember thinking what a delicacy these pistachios were when I was able to afford purchasing them and savored each bite as I cracked open the warm shell to release the salty nut inside.
The origin of this nut surprised me.
“Origin: The pistachio tree is native to western Asia and Asia Minor,from Syria to the Caucasus and Afghanistan. Archaeological evidence in Turkey indicate the nuts were being used for food as early as 7,000 B.C. The pistachio was introduced to Italy from Syria early in the first century A.D. Subsequently its cultivation spread to other Mediterranean countries. The tree was first introduced into the United States in 1854 by Charles Mason, who distributed seed for experimental plantings in California, Texas and some southern states. In 1875 a few small pistachio trees, imported from France were planted in Sonoma, Calif. In the early 1900’s the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture assembled a collection of Pistacia species and pistachio nut varieties at the Plant Introduction Station in Chico, Calif. Commercial production of pistachio nuts began in the late 1970’s and rapidly expanded to a major operation in the San Joaquin Valley. Other major pistachio producing areas are Iran and Turkey and to a lesser extent, Syria, India, Greece, Pakistan and elsewhere.” www.https://crfg.org
I did not know that the commercial growth of pistachios took place in Northern California but not until the late 1970’s!!!. I grew up in Northern CA and was surprised to read this fun fact.
I love supporting local growers in California and was pleasantly surprised at their freshness and flavors, reminding me of my childhood and those first tastes of meaty nuts. I have tried their original Wonderful Roasted and Salted Pistachios in the shell and am hooked. I also use Wonderful Pistachios, No-Shell in my salads for extra crunch and protein. You see there are many benefits of these nuts.
- Heart health
- Eye health
- Skin health
- Diabetes control
- Cancer prevention
- Immune system
- Slowing aging process
Try these varieties as well:
Wonderful Pistachios Salt & Pepper Flavor Kid’s Favorite Snacks 8 x 4.5 Oz Bags – 2.25 Lb. Box – Salt and pepper, very addictive but a good kid snack for lunches or after soccer practice.
Wonderful Pistachios Sweet Chili, 7.0 OZ – 2 count – A new addiction of sweet, savory, spicy goodness. Great for a mid afternoon pick me up and snack.
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Love and Light,
Jeanine on the Scene
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