by Taetske | 3:51 pm
(Last Updated On: April 3, 2019)

That lovely little nut called Pistachio


Before I tell you, my reader, about something really good for your health, more often than not I like to tell you a bit about the history and background.

The pistachio is one of the oldest flowering nut trees. It was recently discovered, through archeological findings in Turkey, that humans were eating it as early as 7000 BC.


pistachio tree

Pistachio Tree


Pistachios seem to have been the favorite of the Queen of Sheba. She ordered the total production of her country to be reserved for herself and her court. This queen, whose name was Makeda, is remembered for her intelligence and lived in the 10th century BCE. Her kingdom is thought to have been in Ethiopia or Yemen.  It was later, through the conquests of Alexander the Great, that this nut reached Greece.


Have you read the Alf laytlah wa-laylah? Translated that means Thousand and One Night (also known in the West under the name Arabian Nights.) The British poet John Payne, who lived from 1842-1916, translated this world-famous book. The stories are a collection of folk tales. Mystical stories told orally during many centuries in Persia, Baghdad, Cairo, and India. These stories were told by merchants and other travelers along the major trade routes of the East from the ninth century onward.


butternut squash with pommegranate and pistachio

Butternut Squash with Pomegranate and Pistachio


Pistachio used in culinary creations

One of the stories tells about the practice of feeding chickens pistachio nuts. It seems that a diet of pistachios would give the meat a special flavor. The chickens would also be prepared with a Pistachio stuffing and it sounds delicious. You might like to try this recipe.


Mr. Emil Trinkler, a German geologist for the German-Afgan Trading Company from 1923-24, wrote a book “Through the Heart of Afghanistan” recounting an exciting night he and his family had in 1908. The place he writes about was the Dakka fort, which is the entrance to Afghanistan by way of the Khyber Pass. As it sometimes happens, merchants wanted to avoid paying taxes on the pistachio nuts. That night a group of smugglers tried to get the nuts past the river guards and a battle started, with both sides firing at each other.


mountain pass in afghanistan

Mountain Pass in Afghanistan


Well, you can see that pistachio nuts have been appreciated for thousands of years and today, they have lost nothing of their good name. We now know that the unsalted variety is very good for our health as they are one of the best nuts you can eat. Years ago these nuts would come from the Middle East but did not have a very appealing look. Because the harvesting methods were somewhat rough, the nut would have stains. This was covered up with a dye, which perhaps was not so good for your health. California has become the new supplier of the pistachio nut.



As you can see on the video the modern harvesting method applied here saves the nut from getting bruised. A similar method is used for harvesting olives. The tree gets a good shake up by a machine. Just as in harvesting olives, in old times people would hit the tree with long sticks and the pistachios would fall on a big cloth spread on the earth below the tree.


Adopting a healthy habit

While writing this post, I am eating a handful of pistachios. They are little health bombs as 1 ounce contains 30 vitamins and minerals. For sure, a much healthier snack compared to some sugary bars. These nuts help you to burn fat, balance your cholesterol, and is good for your heart to just name a few of its properties. A handful a day of these tasty nuts can improve your sex life. I bet many people are interested to hear this news.  It seems it will only take some 3 weeks to start seeing results. I think that is worth trying, don’t you agree?

You will know that free radicals are not good and will make you age faster than necessary. Pistachios are full of antioxidants and rank highest on the list of any given food. Antioxidants battle those bad free radicals. Another good reason to eat these nuts every day.


pistachio bread

Pistachio Bread


They are a great source of Vitamin B6, beta-carotene, and Lutein plus Zeaxanthin which are so important for our eye health. It helps against macular degeneration. In our modern times, being exposed to so many EMF radiations, all help for our eyes is welcome.

People who are on the verge of developing diabetes can lower their risk by eating this nut every day. This is a really nice way of trying to prevent a condition before it happens, do you not also think so?


syrian pastry for your tea time

Syrian Pastry for your Teatime


Good for your Gut Health

Last but not least, your gut will be pleased if you decide to eat pistachios. If you suffer from the leaky gut syndrome, your gut lining is likely to have holes caused by the foods you eat. Eating pistachios is good for your gut bacteria and will help to heal your gut lining if needed. 

So, do not let it get to that point. With some Pistachios in your life, you will cover a lot of physical needs. It also helps with depressions, something which is very present in our modern day life.


An afterthought

For me, it was not difficult to keep a bag of these tasty nuts in the drawer of my desk and eat a handful every day. When you buy them opt for the unsalted variety, these are better for your health.


Source: Wikipedia, the World Library,  Cat Ebeling for The Nutrition Watchdog

Photo Source: Pixabay


Perhaps you also like to read this following post.

How to Avoid Suffering from leaky Gut



I love nuts and most of its variants! Pistachio is my favorite ice cream flavor, though I rarely eat other processed pistachio foods. How much daily consumption of pistachio that you recommend? I like to eat cooked hazelnuts and almonds almost daily. Maybe I will start to ear pistachio regularly too. Thank you for your information.

Feb 26.2019 | 02:36 pm


    Good afternoon Alblue,

    Thank you for visiting my website and leaving a comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    I  think that if you eat like a small handful of Pistachio nuts you will be ok. Do not forget walnuts as they are good for your brain.

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 26.2019 | 03:27 pm


I have never heard of this pistachio nut but I can see it has so many benefits. I will agree with you, your sex life and diabetes are not good news to any man and me in particular.  I really love this article and my next thing will be to look for this pistachio nut and then start eating it. I really love this post.

Feb 26.2019 | 02:43 pm


    Good afternoon Charles,

    Nuts and seeds are very good for your health. Instead of eating a Mars or Snickers nuts are a better snack. I hope you will find it where you live.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 26.2019 | 03:22 pm


I love eating pistachio nuts, especially in ice cream! I was aware that they have certain health benefits but wasn’t aware that they could be beneficial for depression and leaky gut syndrome, so that’s good to know.

I enjoyed discovering the history behind the nut and understanding the harvesting process. It’s certainly a quick process from tree to finished product within 24 hours. Would you know if a pistachio oil is available for cooking?

Thanks for the informative read.


Feb 26.2019 | 02:48 pm


    Good afternoon Teresa,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    The harvesting method has improved over time and now the Pistachio nut looks nice. Yes, you can cook with Pistachio oil but it is rather expensive. You can also use coconut oil or olive oil.

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 26.2019 | 03:07 pm


Pistachios are gotta be my favorite nuts to eat, it really sucks that they’re so high in calories and fat because I can finish a big box of them easily in one sitting. I never thought about using it in culinary foods, but the idea of putting them in a baked rice dish or something does sound good. Feeding chickens pistachios might make their meat taste better, but it’s going to be very expensive, plus I’m not sure I believe that doing so will give them any special flavors, maybe it’s just placebo?

Feb 26.2019 | 03:21 pm


    Good afternoon Son,

    What, a full box in one sitting? I really think that is too much. Try and reduce to a small handful a day then you do not have to worry about calories/fat at all.

    Remember that the story about feeding Pistachio nuts to chickens came from the Arabian Nights Tales, so that is a long time ago. When you think that chickens nowadays are being fed hormones I will gladly opt for the Pistachio chicken. I do not think it is a placebo effect as certain foods can change the flavor of the meat. I suppose a stuffing with some added Pistachios will also do.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 26.2019 | 03:47 pm


I liked that you wrote a little about the history of the pistachio.  I think it helps the reader to have a little better understanding of the topic.  I do agree that pistachios are good for your health and my family and I do enjoy them.  I followed the links in the article and the link on diabetes was a good idea in reinforcing how useful pistachios can be on good health.     

Feb 26.2019 | 03:39 pm


    Good afternoon Leoaqua,

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my website. I hope you have downloaded your free PDF?

    When possible I like to include a little about the history of things. Only talking about health benefits can get a bit boring. Nice to read you found my post interesting and that you liked the link.

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 26.2019 | 03:51 pm


A few years ago I was following a strict muscle-building nutritional plan and pistachios were a main part of it because they are full of protein (20g of protein per 100g).

I didn’t even know about their other health benefits back then and I have stopped consuming them for years…

Time to start eating them again 🙂

Thank you for the helpful info.


Feb 26.2019 | 03:56 pm


    Good afternoon Xaric,

    There is more to that little nut than what one might think at first glance. I agree with you, put it back into your diet as it really is a healthy snack. Back to nature will do our health so good.

    Thank you for your comment. I hope you downloaded your free PDF?

    Regards, Taetske

    Feb 26.2019 | 04:16 pm

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