Enjoy the Fall Harvest Season with Pistachios

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25, 2016

It’s time to take a breath and appreciate what Fall has to offer. Enjoy the crisp, cool air, the crunchy autumn leaves and the sweet cracking sounds of pistachios!

The average pistachio tree takes six to eight years before it begins to bear fruit and won’t reach full bearing age for fifteen to twenty years.

FUN FACT: Did you know pistachios are grown in grape-like clusters?

Unlike other tree nuts, pistachio trees pollinated by the wind, not bees. Did you know there are male and female pistachio trees? It takes both kinds to produce a crop.

FUN FACT: One male tree can pollinate up to 25 female trees.

Pistachio growers await Mother Nature’s exact timing for each fall’s harvest, but typically harvest their crop between August and October. Once the nuts are ripened, a mechanical shaker shakes the pistachios from the tree into a net, so that the pistachios never hit the orchard floor. The nuts are then cleaned, sorted and roasted for that satisfying crunch and snack we love!

FUN FACT: Pistachios undergo a hand-sorting step for quality assurance.

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This year, an estimated 800 million pounds of pistachios will be harvested—that’s double last year’s crop! This season, you can take advantage of the bountiful fall harvest with some of our favorite pistachio pairings:

In-Shell Pistachios + Pumpkin Wedges + Honey Pears
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In-Shell Pistachios + Tomatoes + Parmesan Crisp

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Shelled Pistachios + Mandarin Oranges + Dark Chocolate

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