Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wednesday’s Helping: Pistachios

A wonder of a nut

Here’s another mighty fine nut that we recommend in a pinch as a substitution for junk food. Food historians trace the cultivation of pistachios to the Middle East since before 6500 B.C. The tree is biologically known as Pistacia vera. Look for a natural beige shell that’s sometimes dyed red or green. Pistachios possess an earthy flavor with a subtle chalky essence that’s similar to the taste of almonds. Consumers can find pistachios year-around at most major supermarkets in their characteristic half-open shells. Eating pistachios translates into better cholesterol levels and improved cardiovascular health. Avoid purchasing pistachios with visible discolorations, bruising, or water damage.

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