Best pistachios and all you need to know about it
The best pistachios are a great source of healthy fats, anti-inflammatory properties, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and various nutrients including vitamin B6. Its high content of protein makes you feel full for a longer time and gives you enough energy. Hence, it is a perfect snack if you are on a diet.
Pistachios are provided in 2 forms:
- Pistachio kernels
Pistachio kernels go through a long peeling and shelling process and they are more expensive compared to in shell pistachios. This kind of pistachio can be enjoyed in form of raw or salted, and it is used in many recipes of confectionaries, to garnish many kinds of foods as topping, in smoothies, in salads, and chopped to add to cereal.
- In-shell pistachio
This kind of pistachio is provided by removing the outer green peel of the pistachios. But still, the hard peel is remained to protect the pistachio kernel.
Quality pistachios can keep the quality for half a year at room temperature, about a year in the fridge, and approximately two years in the freezer. Quality pistachios are available in dried pistachio snack markets as well.
Where do pistachios come from?
Pistachio is a kind of nut belonging to the cashew family. It is grown from the pistachio tree which is a small botanical plant with special leaves. This small tree first originated in the Middle East and Central Asia, then cultivated in other regions.
Which country has the best pistachios?
Since the pistachio tree requires dry soil and a lot of sun, the best climate for its growth, is the desert. Iran has some deserts which are the perfect places for growing pistachios according to the dry and hot weather. Persian pistachios are considered the best pistachios in the world and it is known as a luxury product in some countries like Japan and Germany.
Pistachios have several health benefits such as:
- Lessen the chance of cardiovascular diseases.
- A great source of minerals.
- Healthy snacks for receiving energy during the day.
- A mixture of fiber, protein, and fat help to restrict your cravings between main meals.
- The high amount of protein makes it a great snack for a healthy diet.
Best quality pistachios in the world
There are several types of pistachios available in the market:
- Roasted and salted pistachios
Roasted and salted pistachio is one of the best-flavored pistachios favored by many people. Studies show the nutritional values and health benefits of pistachio would not change, whether they’re roasted or raw. Both types of pistachios (raw and roasted) contain similar amounts of calories, protein, carbs, and fiber.
Ahmad Aghaei falls in the long-shape pistachio category. It has a wonderful taste and a red kernel. We can classify Ahmad Aghaei pistachio based on the size in the following categories (pcs/Oz): 24-26/ 26-28/ 28-30 by Crop
- Iranian Jumbo pistachio
Kalle ghouchi pistachio, which is also known as jumbo pistachio, is the bestseller pistachio in the market for its big kernel size. Iran supplies the majority of jumbo pistachio in the world. After completing its growth cycle in vast farms in Iran, Persian kalle ghouchi pistachio is harvested in mid and late-September. We classify Iranian Jumbo pistachio based on its size in the following categories (pcs/Oz): 18-20/ 20-22/ 22-24/ 24-26 by Crop
Jumbo pistachio has more fat compared to other types of pistachio. Iranian kalle ghouchi pistachios are a great source of healthy fats, anti-inflammatory properties, fiber, protein, antioxidants, and various nutrients including vitamin B6.
- Akbari pistachio
Akbari pistachio is an almond-shaped and open-mouth pistachio with a darker shell compared to other types of Persian pistachio. Akbari pistachio is also known as long pistachio. Akbari pistachio is a late-bearing fruit and its harvesting time is late September. We classify Iranian Akbari pistachio based on its size in the following categories (pcs/Oz): 18-20/ 20-22/ 22-24 by Crop
5. Round Fandoghi pistachio
Round Fandoghi pistachio has a round and small nut with a tiny shell. Round Fandoghi pistachio is considered one of the most famous pistachio types. This type of pistachio which is also known as the round pistachio is the most commercial pistachio amongst all types of pistachio in Iran. We classify the round pistachio based on its size in the following categories (pcs/Oz): 26-28/ 28-30/ 30-32 by crop
6. Green and red pistachio kernels
Green peeled pistachio kernel is the edible part of the pistachio after the shell, and the skin has been removed. Pistachio kernels range from light yellow to dark green and based on the color we can classify them in the following grades: A – B – C – D and E. Green Peeled Pistachio Kernels come with more derivatives such as powder, diced, flaked, etc.
Green and red pistachio kernels are known to be the most expensive and the best quality pistachios.
Best non-Iranian pistachios
- The USA Pistachios
The USA pistachios are mainly grown in the state of Arizona, California, and New Mexico. These pistachios contain fat and calories, but they provide less fat and fewer calories than Iranian or Turkish pistachios. The USA pistachios are nutrients since they are of Iranian descent pistachios.
- Turkish Antep Pistachios
Turkish antep pistachios are considered a natural sugar-free, sodium-free nutritious table snack that is rich in protein, vitamins, iron, and other nutrients. Turkish pistachios have a unique, distinct flavor you’ve never tasted in your life.
- Antep pistachio
Antep pistachios are the best-flavored pistachios grown in Turkey. Turkey has the perfect soil and climate for pistachio growth, therefore Antep pistachio has an intense, excellent flavor. Antep pistachio is a great choice in the confectionery industry.
- Pistachio Verde di Bronte
Pistachio Verde di Bronte is grown in Sicily, Italy. Pistachios are widely used in Italy in the confectionery industry. Pistachio Verde di Bronte is one of the best pistachios in the world.
- Fystiki Aeginas
Fystiki Aeginas is the best pistachio grown in Greece. Fystiki Aeginas has a recognizable aroma and a very unique taste. The harvesting season of this pistachio is in August.
Why are pistachios so expensive?
Pistachio nuts are considered one of the most luxurious nuts. Pistachio price varies depending on the quality of the pistachio. Since Iran is the most famous country for exporting the best pista, Iranian pistachios are expensive. Green-peeled pistachio kernel is known as one of the most expensive pistachio types.
To sum it up
Iranian pistachios are vastly considered the best pistachios in the world. If you are looking for high-quality Persian pistachio, you can check out Kourosh foods website as one of the best suppliers of all kinds of Iranian pistachio. So don’t miss out and order the best pistachios online today.