Pistachio

Pistachio is a desert plant and is highly tolerant of saline soil. It has been reported to grow well when irrigated with water having 3,000–4,000 ppm of soluble salts. Pistachio trees are fairly hardy in the right conditions and can survive temperatures ranging between −10 °C (14 °F) in winter and 48 °C (118 °F) in summer.

Category: Dry Fruits

Description

Pistachio is a desert plant and is highly tolerant of saline soil. It has been reported to grow well when irrigated with water having 3,000–4,000 ppm of soluble salts. Pistachio trees are fairly hardy in the right conditions and can survive temperatures ranging between −10 °C (14 °F) in winter and 48 °C (118 °F) in summer. They need a sunny position and well-drained soil. Pistachio trees do poorly in conditions of high humidity and are susceptible to root rot in winter if they get too much water and the soil is not sufficiently free-draining. Long, hot summers are required for proper ripening of the fruit.

Characteristics

Each pistachio tree averages around 50 kilograms (110 lb) of seeds, or around 50,000, every two years

“Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces (42.5 g) per day of most nuts, such as pistachios, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease”. Although a typical serving of pistachios supplies substantial calories (nutrition table), their consumption in normal amounts is not associated with weight gain or obesity

Health benefits

Here are 9 evidence-based health benefits of pistachios.

  • Loaded With Nutrients. …
  • High in Antioxidants. …
  • Low in Calories Yet High in Protein. …
  • Helps You Lose Weight. …
  • Promotes Healthy Gut Bacteria. …
  • Lowers Cholesterol and Blood Pressure. …
  • Benefits Your Blood Vessels. …
  • Helps Lower Blood Sugar.

Where does it grow?

In India, Jammu & Kashmir is natural location to grow pistachio nuts. Soil Requirement for Pistachio Cultivation:- Pistachio tress can be grown in wide range of soils. However, they prefer well-drained deep sandy loam soils.

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