The Best Recipes With Pistachio We’ve Ever Tasted
Good things come in small packages and pistachios are no exception! This small but mighty nut adds flavor, texture, a pop of color, and lots of nutritional benefits to whatever dish you add them to. Read on to learn how pistachios are grown and harvested in California and for over 20 of the best recipes with pistachios from our California Grown Creators!
Are pistachios good for you?
The answer to that question is a resounding yes! Pistachios are very good for you and here are 3 key reasons why:
- Pistachios are classified as a complete protein source that provides all nine essential amino acids in adequate amounts for people 5 years and older.
- A single serving of pistachios has 6 grams of plant-based protein and meets 10% of your dietary fiber intake needs too.
- A 1-ounce serving of pistachios equals approximately 49 nuts, that is more nuts per serving than any other snack nut.
Ever wondered what it would be like to be a pistachio farmer?!
Being a pistachio farmer is a pretty cool gig if you ask us! We have had the pleasure of connecting with a few California pistachio farmers and now you can connect with them too by learning more about them and how they grow and harvest pistachios in the articles below.
Meet Teresa Keenan, Marketing Manager of Keenan Farms in Kettleman City, CA. Born into the industry and married to a second-generation farmer, she knows how much hard work and dedication goes into farming.
Learn more about Teresa, how Keenan Farms grew with the pistachio industry and why she says young people need to get into farming as well!
Meet Daniel Jackson, co-owner of Family Tree Farms and eighth-generation farmer. Like his grandfather before him, Daniel is a firm believer in doing business with honest and dependable people. Learn more about his family and why he says “Farmer” is his most important title.
Where are pistachios grown in California?
Believe it or not, California grows 99 % of the United States pistachio supply, with over 312,000 acres planted throughout 22 counties! Pistachio trees thrive in California’s Central Valley due to the fertile soil, hot, dry climate, and moderately cold winters.
When are pistachios harvested in California?
Nature decides when it’s time to harvest pistachios. In California, harvest takes place anywhere from late – August to early October when the fruit is mature and the shell has split.
Start your day with these recipes for pistachio!
Did you know that gram for gram pistachios have as much protein as an egg? It’s true! And just 2-ounces of pistachios have as much potassium as a banana!! Incorporating pistachios into your breakfast recipes is a sure way to bring lots of great flavor, texture, and color, all while reaping some serious rewards when it comes to nutritional benefits.
This pistachio-crusted bacon from G-Free Foodie may be better suited in the sweet recipes for the pistachio section of this pistachio recipe round-up, but it had to be included one way or the other!
The salty sweetness of pork fat and brown sugar are a perfect complement to crunchy, buttery pistachios.
These tender and sweet yeasted cinnamon rolls from Eat the Love are easy to make and require no kneading. The secret is a baked potato, which creates a soft and fluffy cinnamon roll! The rosemary in the filling may sound a little odd, but the savory woodsy note works well with the pistachio and adds an extra dimension to the sweet cinnamon filling.
Sweet recipes with pistachio!
Chances are if you are a baker, you’ve laced a treat or two with pistachios! Their vibrant color and rich, buttery flavor can’t be replicated.
This delicious apple cake with pistachios from Bakes by Brown Sugar is full of Granny Smith and Fuji apples and crunchy pistachios. The cake is moist and dense with a hint of lemon that pairs really well with the sweetness of the cake and the tart apples. If you’re looking for a recipe for all those apples you just bought or picked, this is the one you need.
This classic Orange Juice Cake from This Mess is Ours is the easiest cake recipe you will ever bake! This cake only requires a handful of ingredients – any vanilla cake mix, freshly squeezed orange juice, chopped pistachios, eggs, butter, and vanilla pudding.
This delicious gluten-free tart from G Free Foodie features a toasted pistachio crust, a creamy mascarpone layer, and gorgeous glazed raspberries. It’s the perfect treat! Not only is it delicious, but it’s also pretty enough to impress guests.
Savory recipes with pistachio!
Have you ever made savory recipes with pistachio? There are all sorts of incredible savory flavor combinations that benefit from the addition of pistachios. From pistachio pesto to pistachio dusted roasted salmon, these savory recipes are great for weeknight family dinner or for a dinner guests will not forget!
It is hard to improve upon the classic BLT, but we think our Ultimate California Grown BLT Sandwich has a good chance of stealing your heart forever! From its luscious eggplant bacon weave to its grilled asparagus and pistachio pesto this BLT will have you declaring love at first bite.
This recipe from This Mess is Ours starts with a base of leafy greens that are lightly dressed in an irresistibly bright California honey + mustard vinaigrette. Then it is piled high with crisp grapes, fresh and dried figs, crispy shallots, pistachios, and briny feta!
This Mess is Ours says that the flavors in this pistachio salad are totally unexpected, strangely addicting, and not to be missed! We agree with her completely, it is a must-make recipe for Spring.
Recipes with pistachio for the holidays!
Pistachios’ brilliant green hue makes them the perfect nut for adding to holiday dishes like cakes and cookies! Raw pistachios are typically more vibrant in color than roasted ones, so if color is what you are going for be sure to shop for the raw version.
The traditional Mexican candy, Mazapan gets a little makeover with pistachios instead of peanuts.
This easy no-bake sweet from Hola Jalapeno is perfect for homemade holiday gifts or to put on a Christmas cookie platter – and are vegan and gluten-free!
This festive Buche de Noel from Rachel Makes It is made with pistachio pastry cream made from Keenan Farms pistachios and fresh California raspberries. It gives a festive red and green look to this dessert.
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