It seems like there’s a special day for just about every food or beverage. February alone is host to National Chocolate Fondue Day (February 5), National Fettucine Alfredo Day (February 7), National Banana Bread Day (February 23) and National Clam Chowder Day (yesterday).
Today is another tasty holiday – National Pistachio Day. Fans of the nut might know it best as the key ingredient in pistachio ice cream. Like we mentioned in a blog entry last year, pistachio ice cream seems to have disappeared from grocery store shelves in recent years due to the changing tastes of fans, but Turkey Hill still makes Pistachio Ice Cream in bulk 3-gallon containers to be scooped out by ice cream shops that carry our flavors.
If you’re hungry for facts about the tasty green nut, here are a few tidbits, courtesy of PistachioHealth.com:
- Almost 90% of the fat found in pistachios is the healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats.
- Pistachios are a good source of fiber providing 3 grams per serving, that’s more than many types of whole fruit.
- Pistachios are one of the oldest flowering nut trees, and are one of the only two nuts mentioned in the Bible (Genesis 43:11).
- Humans have eaten pistachio nuts for at least 9,000 years.
- Thanks to their high nutritional value and long storage life, pistachios were an indispensable travel item among early explorers and traders.
- In America, pistachios were once dyed red to disguise shell imperfections and make the nuts stand out in vending machines.