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Pistachios

Contamination by aflatoxins is one of the major challenges posed by pistachio production. As such, maximum levels for aflatoxin should be determined before the raw material is accepted for processing.

  • Production of Pistachios
  • Different reasons can account for the presence of conditions favorable to the growth of the fungus responsible for aflatoxins inside pistachios, the most important of which is the splitting open of their external green layer, where aflatoxin is most frequently found.
  • Pistachios are sorted using visual control or a sortex machine to eliminate defective nuts such as pistachios that have adhering hulls, are moldy or stained. Pistachios that are fully or partially empty are separated from the others using air stream and unsplit pistachios using flotation in water.
  • Water activity (aw) in pistachios needs to be kept below 0.70 at 25°C. Humidity relative to temperature must not exceed 70% to avoid any significant mold growth. Temperature must be maintained between 0 and 10°C depending on expected storage duration. Lower temperatures make for a longer storage life.
  • Benefits of Pistachios
  • Pistachios are an excellent source of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. This combination allows them to promote a feeling of satiety that can aid in weight loss. The fiber content of pistachios also helps maintain a healthy digestive system.
  • Pistachios are rich in antioxidants, vitamins and essential minerals. They are a particularly good source of B-complex vitamins such as vitamins B1 and B6. Vitamin B6 plays essential roles in the metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats, in immune and cognitive system function, and in hemoglobin formation.
  • Pistachios also provide an important supply of potassium which is essential for adequate cell function throughout the body.
  • Pistachios have been linked to low levels of LDL or “bad” cholesterol as well as to improved blood glucose levels and cardiovascular health.
  • How to Use Pistachios
  • Pistachios can be eaten on their own as a delicious and nutritious snack or used in both savory and sweet dishes.
  • They can serve as a topping for salads, rice or oven-baked dishes. Fans of Italian cuisine can use pistachios as a pizza topping or to make pesto. Pistachios can also be mixed with cereal grains for breakfast or with other nuts in trail mixes. Pistachios have long been used in the preparation of a variety of desserts to which they lend a distinctive green color such as gelato and ice cream. They can also be used in recipes for baked goods such as cakes or cookies.
Quality



● In shell Pistachios Roasted
● Green Pistachios Kernels
● Mawardi Pistachios Kernels
● Red Pistachios Kernels

Available As

● Whole
● Sliced
● Chopped
● Peeled

Certifications

● NOP Organic
● EU / EC Organic
● COR Organic
● Kosher
● Halal

Did You Know?

When pistachios ripen on the trees, their shells rupture and produce a cracking sound which, in many parts of the world, is associated with good luck.

In countries where pistachio cultivation is abundant, researchers have studied the potential use of pistachio shells in the production of biogas, which can then be used as a renewable source of energy.

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