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Pistachios

Pistachios are small, elongated edible seeds of the Pistacia vera tree, native to the Middle East and Central Asia. Known for their distinctive green color and semi-hard beige shell, pistachios are widely enjoyed as a healthy and nutritious snack, boasting impressive amounts of essential vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. In the culinary world, pistachios are a versatile and delicious ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes, such as desserts, salads, and baked goods. They can be enjoyed roasted, salted, or raw, and are commonly blended into creamy spreads, like pistachio butter and pesto, enhancing the flavor and nutrition of countless recipes.
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IN NUTS SEEDS & MIXES
560
CAL / 100G
$0.50
AVG / OZ
pistachios
29%
CARBS
49%
FAT
22%
PROTEIN
Pistachios FAQ
When cooking with pistachios, people often struggle with removing their semi-hard shells quickly and efficiently. Many tend to overlook the potential use of pistachios as a main ingredient in dishes rather than mere garnishing, thereby missing out on their complex flavors. In addition, the popular treat of salted and roasted pistachios can sometimes lead folks to underestimate their use in sweet dishes. A common mistake is to over-roast pistachios, which can result in bitter aftertaste. To get the most out of pistachios, invest a bit of time in shelling them properly. A little kitchen hack for this is to use a small, broken piece of shell to pry the others open. Using pistachios as a main ingredient, especially in baking or desserts, can bring surprising and delightful flavors to your table. Try a pistachio crust on fish or chicken, mix them in your salads, or use them to enrich your pesto. If you're going the sweet route, pistachio pairs beautifully with flavors like almond, honey, and citrus. As for roasting, try to keep an eye on the nuts as they roast. This should typically take no more than 10-12 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit (180 Celsius). The pistachios should get crispy with a deepened flavor, not burnt.
Can pistachios be used to make butter or pesto?
How can I incorporate pistachios into breakfast meals?
How do I easily remove the hard shell from pistachios?
Are pistachios only used for garnishing dishes?
Can pistachio be used in sweet dishes?
How do I roast pistachios without making them bitter?
Can I use pistachios in place of other nuts in recipes?
Do I need to peel the skin off of pistachios before cooking?
What type of dishes can pistachios be used in?
I have a big bag of pistachios, what are some creative uses for them?
Expiration & Storage Tips
When does pistachios expire?
Unopened commercial packets of pistachios generally stay fresh for up to 3 years past the printed date on the package if stored correctly. After opening, keep in a cool, dry place and consume within 1-2 weeks for optimal quality and up to 3 months for food safety. Homemade batches don't typically have preservatives, so it's best to consume them within a week. If you decide to freeze your pistachios, they can retain their quality for up to a year.
How do you tell if pistachios is bad?
To tell if pistachios have gone bad, check for any discoloration or mold on the nuts or on the shells. The shells should have a characteristic beige color. Inspect for holes or signs of insect infestation. If they've turned oily or rancid, they may have a sour, bitter, or otherwise off smell and taste. It's always best to taste a small amount before consuming a larger portion.
Tips for storing pistachios to extend shelf life
• Always store pistachios in a cool, dry, and dark place to prevent them from going rancid. A pantry, cupboard, or drawer away from heat sources is ideal. • After opening, reseal the package tightly or transfer the nuts to an airtight container to prevent exposure to air and humidity. • If storing for long periods, freezing pistachios can help preserve their quality. Place them in a freezer-safe bag or container. No need to thaw, you can eat them straight from the freezer. • Although it's usually better to buy whole-shell pistachios, shelled pistachios can stay good longer when stored properly due to reduced exposure to bacteria and dirt.
EXPIRES WITHIN
5 - 7
MONTHS
Health Info
Macros
7g
CARBS
12g
FAT
5g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
Contains these allergens
TREE NUTS
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