With exceptional antioxidant properties, pistachio is one of the most ancient nuts known to man. First discovered in the territories of Iran and Syria, then in Greece and other European countries, its nuts are rich in protein and do not contain cholesterol. That is why they can be a wonderful substitute to products of animal origin for vegetarians or those who’d like to shed an extra couple of pounds. The pistachio is a rich source of important for the body microelements (copper, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, vitamin В6) and a series of other substances in an easily absorbed form.
In cooking these nuts have been used for over 2500 years. In the ancient East they were considered a symbol of prosperity and success. Nowadays, across the world pistachios are considered to be a luxury. For example in Stockholm traditionally Nobel prize laureates are served pistachio ice cream to celebrate. The highest quality pistachio grows in the hot and beautiful lands of Sicily, which has stronger and sharper flavour, probably because of the volcanic soil of the island. It is picked during the night, as during the day the trees release strong essential oils.