THE STORY OF PISTACHIO
Pistachio trees have been cultivated in Anatolia since the time of the Hittities, around 1800-1200 BC. The pistachio is delicate, enigmatic, full of secrets. It grows slowly, a gift from grandfather to grandson, a food for kings, ﬁrst eaten in ancident Mesopotamia, and famous ever since for its flavour.
The pistachio vera can be grown on arid lands where no other crop will grow, and Gaziantep's climate is the best in the World for its cultivation.
Once planeted, the pistachia vera produces no harvest fort he ﬁrst 10 years of its life and needs painstaking care during this period.
It begings to produce a full yield after 25 years, and will normally, live to 150. Unlike most other plants, it yields a bountiful harvest one year, yet only a minimal harvest the next, and requires careful cultivation. The fruit of this tree is miraculously rich in vitamins, minerals, proteins, and unsaturated fats. This is why the Antep Pistachio is known as "the Food of Kings" a symbol of healt and power.
Raw pistachio are consumed as fruit, roasted pistachios as nuts, and unshelled pistachios are used in the food industry to flavour chocolate and certain similiar products.
Our land is one of two gene centres for the Antep Pistachio. Some old trees within Gaziantep's provincial borders, know as "Anıt Ağaçlar", or monumental trees, are conjectured to be as much as 650-1000 years old.
Serving Size 100g;
- 0 Choleserol,
- 500 mg phosphor,
- 1020 mg potassium,
- 130 mg calcium,
- 158 mg magnesium,
- 5.2 mg vitamin E,
- 7 mg vitamin C,
- 0,20 mg. vitamin B2,
- 1.45 mg nicotinamide