Earlier this month we highlighted PSY’s 2013 Super Bowl commercial “Cracking Gangnam Style” as a sure sign that pistachios are gaining in popularity. Our assertions were right as Gourmet De Ville blogger, Andrea Hayden took us on a tour of the little green nut and everything it has to offer. In her article, “America is Now Cracking Pistachio Style” Hayden summarizes a Fooducate article where the green nut is examined in great detail.
“The author took this opportunity to give some history on the little green nut. The article shares that the pistachio tree hails from western Asia and is the seed of the tree fruit.”
Hayden also summarizes the health benefits of pistachios with information like, “pistachios are rich in mono-unsaturated fats (the good kind) … helps reduce bad cholesterol and lowers the risk of heart disease”…They are also high in many of our needed daily vitamins.
Aside from the health benefits, the possibilities are endless when it comes to what you can create with pistachios. Hayden is quick to mention artisanal pistachio liqueurs (Dumante Verdenoce) as perfect additions to cocktails and entrée recipes as Verdenoce is made with real pistachios, making it the appropriate substitute when a liquid addition is needed. Dumante Verdenoce is the first and only pistachio liqueur to market in the United States and definitely the only one to use real pistachios from southern Italy. Like Hayden, we are thrilled that this little green nut, with all its health benefits is finally getting the attention it deserves.