Nuts About Pistachios by Dana Angelo White in Healthy Recipes, February 8, 2012
No other nut boasts an emerald hue like the pistachio does. Find out what you’re getting when you crack open a pistachio.
Commonly grown in Turkey and Iran, 98 perecent of the American crop of pistachios is grown in California. You can spot these distinctive nuts by their tan outer shell and the small green nut peaking out (the shell splits open when the nuts are ripe). Pistachios are available shelled or unshelled, salted or unsalted. Some research suggests that shelled nuts are a better choice for portion control– having to pop open the shell slows you down when munching.