Pistachios

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Buying Tips

Pistachios are available roasted and salted in their shells, which are often dyed red to accentuate their naturally pinkish hue. Shelled pistachios are available in vacuum-packed jars or cans.

Varieties

A member of the cashew family, the pistachio nut comes from the pistacia plant, one of among nine species of aromatic shrubs and trees. The variety that produces edible pistachio nuts is the Pistacia vera. Pistachios are cultivated in central Asia, the Mediterranean countries, the Middle East, and the United States, especially in California.

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