Pistachios

There are lots of great reasons to enjoy pistachios!

  • One serving is 49 kernels and only contains 160 calories.
  • One serving contains 3 grams of dietary fiber, about twice the amount in walnuts.
  • Pistachios are high in MUFA's (monounsaturated fatty acids) and PUFA's (polyunsaturated fatty acids), helping to lower "bad" LDL cholesterol and increase "good" HDL cholesterol.
  • They are a good source of magnesium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, and Vitamins A, C and E.
  • They are rich in anti-oxidants, helping to prevent diseases such as cancer and heart disease.

Purchasing and storing pistachios

  • Little to no work needs to be done after purchasing. Pre-roasted pistachios are the most common form available.
  • You may buy them with the shell on or already shelled.
  • Seasonings on them such as salt, pepper, and sweet chili are common. Unsalted pistachios are also available for those wishing to limit sodium intake.
  • Shelf life can be up to 24 months, with temperatures around 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit optimal for storage.

Ideas for using pistachios

Pistachios have traditionally been a favorite cocktail snack or seasonal treat, but these nutritious little green nuts can contribute to a healthy diet and should be enjoyed more frequently!

Try pistachios:

  • As a meat replacement in main dishes like pasta or casseroles.
  • As the nutty coating on a cheese roll.
  • In baked goods, using pistachio flour or pistachio oil.
  • Sprinkled on salads.
  • Coarsely chopped in desserts like ice cream or pudding.

For more information:
Recipes from the American Pistachio Growers
http://americanpistachios.org/recipes-and-snacking

Pistachio Health Institute
http://www.pistachiohealthinstitute.org/consumer