Pistachios are a type of tree nut. Pistachios offer plenty of protein, fiber and fat in their small package. They are also rich in vitamins A and C and are a good source of minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. They are also calorie dense. Pistachios can be purchased raw or roasted, salted or unsalted.
Pistachios are available year-round and can be purchased in their shells or with their shells removed. You can also purchase pistachios raw or roasted.
If you are selecting pistachios with their shells, choose those with partially opened shells. Closed shells indicate that the nuts are immature and thus flavourless.
Whether the nut is shelled or unshelled, look for the greenest nuts you can find. This is a sign of great flavour and maturity.
Pistachios should be placed in an airtight container and kept in the fridge or freezer. Be sure to eat them within six month if kept in the fridge or one year if kept in the freezer.
To release the aroma of pistachio you should toast them. Spread pistachios on a baking tray and toast in the oven at 160 C until they are light brown and fragrant (5 - 10 minutes).
Be sure to check the nuts frequently and to stir them to ensure even toasting. Once toasted, let them cool for a few hours before eating or using for preparation in your sweet or savoury recipes.
We love to use pistachios for making delicious desserts and cookies. They can be used to enrich the cookies, cakes to add some crunchiness to the creamy desserts. Check out our recipe for chocolate pistachio truffles or chestnut flour pistachio cookies.