Things you probably didn’t know about pistachios.
Pistachios Are One Of The Oldest Flowering Trees In The World.
It’s thought that pistachios have been cultivated as a food source for about 9,000 years, making the pistachio tree one of the world’s oldest surviving tree species. That being said, it should come as no surprise that pistachios are mentioned in the bible.
That’s right, they are so revered they are biblical. Pistachios are thought to have been one of the foods that Adam brought with him to Earth (Genesis 43:11) and, therefore, grew in the Garden of Eden. The only other nut to get a mention in the bible? The almond.
Pistachios Were Once Considered Exclusively The Food Of Royalty
Legend has it that the Queen of Sheba passed a law that pistachios were only to be enjoyed by royalty making it illegal for commoners to grow pistachio trees. The Queen even took Sheba’s entire pistachio harvest exclusively for her and her royal court.
Trying to keep warm in winter? In India, during the coldest winter months, people will binge on pistachios, which they call the “hot nut”. They believe that pistachios quite literally have the ability to warm a person from the inside out.
In many countries, such as Israel and Russia, hearing the cracking of the pistachio nut was viewed as a very good omen. And in the Middle East specifically, they regarded the sound as an omen for a happy relationship. So naturally couples would meet under pistachio trees, waiting around for those nuts to assure them that their relationship was going to be a successful one.
Did you know that during the 17th century, pistachio trees were known in the Ukraine as “pitch trees” because they practiced eating the tree’s pitch (pitch is kind of like a sap) as a breath freshener.
Did you know pistachios are related to mangoes? Mangoes and pistachios are both members of the evergreen tree family and are also related to poison ivy and cashews.
Want to help keep your eyesight healthy? Forget carrots, the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin are essential for eye health. Pistachios are a rich source of both of these substances. According to the American Optometric Association, lutein and zeaxanthin reduce the chances of developing eye conditions, including age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and cataracts.
Hope you enjoyed these fun facts!