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Friday, 3 March 2017


The pistachio is a small tree originating from Central Asia and the Middle East.

A pistachio tree can reach up to 10 metres in height, and can produce approximately 50 kilograms of nuts over a period of two years.

Pistachios are in the same family as poison ivy.

Pistachios used to almost always be sold coated with a deep red dye, to hide harmlessly but unattractively splotchy hulls. Discolored hulls is no longer an issue with better harvesting technology, allowing today's pistachios to be sold without dye.

Pistachio nuts are highly flammable when stored in large quantities, and are prone to self-heating and spontaneous combustion.

U.S. is the second largest pistachio producer behind Iran.

98% of all pistachios produced in the U.S. are grown in California.

China is the top pistachio consumer worldwide, with annual consumption of 80,000 tons, while the United States consumes 45,000 tons.

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