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February 26 – National Pistachio Day

Posted on February 26, 2012

 Food Facts about Pistachios

1. Pistachio nuts are a member of the cashew family, related closely to mangos, sumac and even poison ivy.

2. Iran produces more pistachios than any other country in the world with over 200k tons per year.

3. In Asia they are often referred to as ‘green almonds & the ‘happy nut’. In Iran they are called the ‘smiling nut’

4. Male pistachio trees are alternate bearing, meaning they produce heavier crops every other year.

5. All pistachio shells are naturally beige in color. Many companies dye inferior nuts red or green.

Daily Quote: 

“Today’s mighty oak was once a single nut who held it’s ground.”~Mark Twain

Events of February 26

Today’s Food Hostory

on this day in…

  • 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.

Pistachios – The Royal Nut

Posted on January 24, 2011

The first authenticated historical mention of edible nuts refers to pistachios without any doubt. These archaeological findings date back to 6760 B.C. in the Palaeozoic period – in near settlements in the Neolith – in the territory of the present Jordan. Pistachios were soon considered food for the rich or “food of the chosen”.

Although pistachio trees have been harvested for a long period of time, the place of their origin is uncertain. Their most probable origin is the Middle East, Persia (Iran), or western Asia (eastern Pakistan and India), where they used to grow wild.

The history of pistachio nuts reflects their “royal character”, endurance and pride. Especially fine pistachios are said to have been a favourite delicacy of the Queen of Sheba, who confiscated all Assyrian deliveries for herself and for her royal court.

Pistachios were brought to Europe (in particular to Italy) from Syria during the reign of Tiberius at the beginning of the 1st century A.D. Subsequently they were spread to be grown in other Southern European countries (e.g. Greece).

Food Fact:

Legend has it that lovers used to meet under pistachio trees and listened to the cracking of their nuts below moonlit nights, which was a sign that they would be happy.


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