The pistachio (Pistacia vera), a member of thecashew family, is a small tree originating from Central Asia and the Middle East. The tree producesseedsthat are widely consumed as food. Pistacia vera often is confused with other species in the genusPistaciathat are also known as pistachio. These otherspeciescan be distinguished by their geographic distributions (in the wild) and theirseedswhich are much smaller and have a soft shell. The kernels are often eaten whole, either fresh or roasted andsalted, and are also used inpistachio ice cream,kulfi,spumoni, pistachio butter, pistachio paste and confections such asbaklava, pistachio chocolate, pistachiohalva, pistachiolokumorbiscottiandcold cutssuch asmortadella.
Pistachios are rich in nutrients, proteins, vitamin B6 and potassium and make for a healthy, conscious snack. They are a powerhouse of antioxidants which are vital to your health by preventing cell damage and reducing the risk of disease.