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Pistachios: A complete guide

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With their bright yellow-green colour and delectable salty flavour, pistachios are certainly a distinctive nut, and are enjoyed around the world. Native to the Middle East and Asia, some archaeological evidence suggests pistachios have been grown as far back as 6,000 BC.

Available all year long, choose unsalted pistachios in their shell (they will be fresher), and encourage consumption in recommended serving sizes (roughly 30 grams/1 ounce).

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Health benefits
Good source of vitamin B6, allowing the body to store proteins and carbohydrates.
Good source of thiamine, keeping the nervous system healthy.
Good source of copper, vital for a robust immune system.
Good source of potassium, linked to lowering blood pressure.
Good source of magnesium, used to calm anxiety, nerves and restless muscles.

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How to enjoy
Simply grab a handful raw for a portable snack.
Enjoy generously sprinkled over porridge, granola or muesli.
Process and add to stuffings or crusts.
Blitz with fresh herbs, garlic and olive oil for a homemade pesto.
Roughly chop and add to cake, biscuit, slice or energy ball batters.
Blend into homemade ice cream for a vibrant and delicious twist.

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Like most other nuts, pistachios are best stored in an airtight container in either the fridge or freezer to keep them at their best.

Do you enjoy the colourful pistachio? Share your favourite ideas and recipes in the comments section.

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They make an interesting alternative to Pine nuts
I have made a version of Pesto with them and used Baby Spinach leaves and have used Roquet leaves with the Pastichos both bring a variation to basil Pesto .They taste great with crushed garlic to the sauce .Lee / CreativeLee
We've done the same and totally agree! What a match made in heaven!
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