Pistachio nuts are the fruit from a small evergreen tree and originated from Asia Minor. The nuts are a pretty pale green and have a mild flavor and are eaten as a snack or incorporated into baked goods such as cookies, cakes and even custards.
The nuts can be purchase whole, roasted, with or without salt or shelled.
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The largest producers of pistachios are Iran, Turkey and Afghanistan but California has become the 2nd largest producer. Americans actually consume 90% of the worlds pistachio nuts.