Although commonly thought of as nuts, pistachios are actually the seeds of a plant belonging to the cashew family. They are enjoyed for their unique nutty taste, their excellent nutritive value, and their impressive versatility, with a wide range of culinary applications for the pistachio all over the world.
Pistachios are a rich source of phytosterols, plant-based compounds that have been proven effective at lowering blood cholesterol levels.
Pistachios are believed to have originated in the regions of Central Asia and the Middle East. Countries like Iran, the United States, and Turkey are some of the leading producers of pistachios.