February 26th is National Pistachio Day
Here are today’s five thing to know about Pistachio:
- Pistachio nuts are a member of the cashew family, related closely to mangos, sumac and even poison ivy.
- Iran produces more pistachios than any other country in the world with over 200k tons per year.
- In Asia they are often referred to as ‘green almonds & the ‘happy nut’. In Iran they are called the ‘smiling nut’
- Male pistachio trees are alternate bearing, meaning they produce heavier crops every other year.
- All pistachio shells are naturally beige in color. Many companies dye inferior nuts red or green.
“Today’s mighty oak was once a single nut who held it’s ground.”~Mark Twain
Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary
Today’s Food History
- 1852 John Harvey Kellogg was born. A health food pioneer, developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (flaked wheat) and toasted corn flakes.
- 1857 Emile Coue was born. A French pharmacist, he was an advocate of autosuggestion. He suggested repeating the following sentence 15 to 20 times in the morning and evening: “Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better.” It is said that 20% claim it works.
- 1895 Michael Joseph Owens patented an automatic glass blowing machine that could make multiple bottles at the same time. A big advance in bottle making, spurring the mass sale of beer, alcohol and sodas.
- 1903 RIP Richard Jordan Gatling, inventor of the Gatling Gun. He also developed machines for sowing rice, wheat, and other grains, and the steam plow.
- 1928 Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) was born in New Orleans. One of rock-and-roll’s earliest stars, one of his early hits was ‘Blueberry Hill’ in 1956.