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February 26th is National Pistachio Day

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If you're looking for something to do today then grab a bowl of nuts because it's National Pistachio Day!  A day filled with green nuts and shell cracking!  Let's get right into celebrating National Pistachio Day!


Today is a holiday because of the mass amounts of people that enjoy these green nuts. There might be a little more work involved in eating them, if they're not already de-shelled, but the unique flavor is too good to pass up for some. And that is exactly why they are being celebrated today! There is no reason for the specific day chosen at all.  Pistachios are native to Middle Eastern countries like Turkey, Iran and Syria but they were eventually brought to places like Australia, California and New Mexico to be cultivated. It's a desert plant that grows very well in salty soil.

And a pistachio tree will actually put out about 50,000 nuts (actually seeds) every two years. Talk about a heavy producing plant!  As the pistachios ripen the shell changes to a yellowish/red color and partially pops open. This natural process actually helps us out because now they're easy to break open with just your fingers. They have a unique taste and are very beneficial in terms of cholesterol levels.  So are you ready to crack open some yourself?


So how can you celebrate today?  Well, you can head on down to a local store and pick up a bunch of pistachios to munch on. Pretty simple, huh? You can get them with or without shells but if you decide to get the ones with shells then you can have a little fun with them.
Get two bags of pistachios with shells on them and then invite over a few friends. Then divide up one of the bags between you and your friends and get a timer of some sort. Set the clock to countdown maybe 3 minutes and then see who can eat the most pistachios in that time. It'll be quite a task since you'll have to break them out of their shells first; some of them can be really difficult to get open. And the winner gets the other bag of pistachios to take home!  Or if you want to explore other pistachio treats you can head to the freezer aisle and see if they have some pistachio ice cream. The unique flavor of pistachios actually goes well with sweets. Or you can look around for some pistachio pudding or pistachio salad. The salad is a sweet-tasting salad that has whipped cream, canned fruit and then cottage cheese or marshmallows. Or head to the deli and see if they have any mortadella, which is an Italian sausage that actually has pistachios in it! I bet you didn't think you'd end up with pistachios in your sandwich, huh? You're not going to be limited on the types of foods you can celebrate with today when it comes to pistachios.  Whatever you decide to do I hope it's a good day for you and have fun cracking those shells!

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