PISTACHIO


Pistachio | Antep Fıstığı


Pistachio (antep fıstığı) has an ancient history. Native to the Afghanistan, the Middle East and Western Asia, pistachios are one of the oldest flowering nut trees. Recent archeological evidence in Turkey suggests that pistachios have been enjoyed since as early as 7,000 B.C. It is said that the Queen of Sheba decreed pistachio a royal food, forbidding commoners from consumption. Nebuchadnezzar, the ancient king of Babylon, is said to have had pistachio trees planted in his fabled hanging gardens. Today, Turkey is the third largest producer of pistachios in the world.

 


Preparation


Pistachios are consumed roasted and salted, shelled or unshelled. They are used in desserts including Turkish delight and baklava or even savoury meat dishes.

 


Quick Guide


 

In Turkish, pistachios are called antep fıstığı.

 

Pistachios are primarily grown in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Southeastern Anatolian Regions. The Southern Anatolian cities of Şanlıurfa and Gaziantep lead production.

 

Pistachios ripen in September and are available roasted all year.

 
 


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