Saturday, February 26, 2011

World Pistachio Day
February 26th

February 26th is World Pistachio Day. Pistachios were introduced in the United States in the 1930s. Today, California produces more than 400 million pounds of pistachios each year making it a leading producer of pistachios worldwide. Each pistachio tree averages around 50 kg of seeds, or around 50,000, every two years.

             Pistachios Offer Multiple Health Benefits
Pistachio nuts, eaten as part of a healthy diet, can increase the levels of antioxidants in the blood of adults with high cholesterol, according to Penny Kris-Etherton, Penn State professor of nutrition, along with an international team of nutritional scientists. Previous research has shown that pistachios also lower lipids and lipoproteins, which benefits heart health.

                             Pistachio's Public Image
Lucy does it with a kick. See how Lucy and Charlie Brown of the Peanuts gang get snackin' with Wonderful Pistachios.

To learn more about the Pistachio, visit the following links:
Website. The Green Nut
Website. Pistachio Health
Event.  World Pistachio Day
Twitter. Wonderful Pistachios @getcrackin
Facebook. Wonderful Pistachios

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