In Chinese, pistachio nuts are called “kai xin guo (开心果)”, which literally means happy nut. Not only does the cracked shell looks like a smile, the buttery, sweet-salty flavour of pistachio nuts is pure delight! My favourite recipes for pistachios are as a breakfast trail mix or grawnola with goji berries, in a pesto, or in a decadent baklava aromatic with cardamom and rosewater.
Iran is the world’s largest producer and exporter of pistachios followed by the United States (mostly California). Iranian pistachios are classified as round or long; long pistachios have a ratio of length to diameter of at least 1.5 times, and are considered more ancient and traditional.« Back to Glossary Index