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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Pistachio

What is Pistachio?

Wonderfully delicious pistachio nuts have been revered as the symbol of wellness and robust health since ancient times. The nuts are enriched with many health-benefiting nutrients that are essential for optimum health.
Pistachio nuts are dry fruits of species of trees belonging in the Anacardiaceae family, of the genus:Pistacia. The plant is a medium sized broad, bushy, dioecious, deciduous tree, believed to be originating in the mountain ranges of West-Asian region. Several cultivars exist; however, the most popular variety grown for the commercial purpose is the kerman.
The fruit, in fact, is a drupe (a fruit with a large, central located single seed), and the seed kernel is actually the edible portion. Each season, the tree bears heavy clusters of fruits, which appear somewhat like that of a grape bunch. Exteriorly, the mature fruit features off white colored, hard, shell with splits apart exposing yellow-light green colored oblong kernel, which measures about 1 inch in length and 1/2 inch in diameter.



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    Names In Other Languages for Pistachio (Arabic, Assamese, Bengali,Chinese, French, German, Gujarati,Hindi, Kannada, Malay, Malayalam, Oriya, Sinhala, Spanish, Tamil, Telugu, Turkish, Urdu):



    Nutritional value

    NUTRITION INFORMATION
    Amounts per 1 cup (123g)

    Calorie Information
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Calories
    702
    (2939 kJ)
    35%
      From Carbohydrate
    138
    (578 kJ)
      From Fat
    473
    (1980 kJ)
      From Protein
    91.1
    (381 kJ)
      From Alcohol
    0.0
    (0.0 kJ)

    Carbohydrates
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Total Carbohydrate
    34.0
    g
    11%
    Dietary Fiber
    12.7
    g
    51%
    Starch
    1.7
    g
    Sugars
    9.6
    g

    Fats & Fatty Acids
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Total Fat
    56.5
    g
    87%
    Saturated Fat
    6.8
    g
    34%
    Monounsaturated Fat
    29.8
    g
    Polyunsaturated Fat
    17.1
    g
    Total trans fatty acids
    ~
    Total trans-monoenoic fatty acids
    ~
    Total trans-polyenoic fatty acids
    ~
    Total Omega-3 fatty acids
    322
    mg
    Total Omega-6 fatty acids
    16772
    mg
    Protein & Amino Acids
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Protein
    26.3
    g
    53%

    Vitamins
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Vitamin A
    322
    IU
    6%
    Vitamin C
    2.8
    mg
    5%
    Vitamin D
    ~
    ~
    Vitamin E (Alpha Tocopherol)
    2.4
    mg
    12%
    Vitamin K
    16.2
    mcg
    20%
    Thiamin
    1.0
    mg
    69%
    Riboflavin
    0.2
    mg
    11%
    Niacin
    1.8
    mg
    9%
    Vitamin B6
    1.6
    mg
    78%
    Folate
    61.5
    mcg
    15%
    Vitamin B12
    0.0
    mcg
    0%
    Pantothenic Acid
    0.6
    mg
    6%
    Choline
    87.8
    mg
    Betaine
    1.0
    mg

    Minerals
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Calcium
    135
    mg
    14%
    Iron
    5.2
    mg
    29%
    Magnesium
    148
    mg
    37%
    Phosphorus
    597
    mg
    60%
    Potassium
    1282
    mg
    37%
    Sodium
    12.3
    mg
    1%
    Zinc
    2.8
    mg
    19%
    Copper
    1.6
    mg
    81%
    Manganese
    1.6
    mg
    78%
    Selenium
    11.4
    mcg
    16%
    Fluoride
    ~

    Sterols
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Cholesterol
    0.0
    mg
    0%
    Phytosterols
    263
    mg

    Other
    Amounts Per Selected Serving
    %DV
    Alcohol
    0.0
    g
    Water
    2.4
    g
    Ash
    3.8
    g
    Caffeine
    0.0
    mg
    Theobromine
    0.0
    mg


    Footnotes for Nuts, pistachio nuts, dry roasted, without salt added
    Source: Nutrient data for this listing was provided by USDA SR-21. Each "~" indicates a missing or incomplete value.

    Percent Daily Values (%DV) are for adults or children aged 4 or older, and are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

    Nutrition Data's Opinion, Completeness Score™, Fullness Factor™, Rating, Estimated Glycemic Load (eGL), and Better Choices Substitutions™ are editorial opinions of NutritionData.com, given without warranty, and are not intended to replace the advice of a nutritionist or health-care professional. Nutrition Data's opinions and ratings are based on weighted averages of the nutrient densities of those nutrients for which the FDA has established Daily Values, and do not consider other nutrients that may be important to your health or take into account your individual needs. Consequently, Nutrition Data's higher-rated foods may not necessarily be healthier for you than lower-rated ones. All foods, regardless of their rating, have the potential to play an important role in your diet.

    The Amino Acid Score has not been corrected for digestibility, which could reduce its value.

    IF Rating™ is a trademark of Monica Reinagel. Data for the IF Rating was provided by inflammationfactor.com.


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    Pistachio Substitute


    Almonds or Cashew can be of good substitute


    Where it can be used

    While the Pistachio is often eaten on its own, raw or toasted, it is also a component of various dishes. Pistachio  are available in many forms, such as whole, sliced. These variations can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.
    Pistachio can be sprinkled over breakfasts and desserts, particularly muesli or ice cream based dishes. Pistachio  re used baking like cakes, ice cream, cookies etc..

    How to Store

    Store it in airtight container or zip lag bag, away from direct sun light. I always buy the pistachio with shell. As that stays fresh for long and it is also quite fun to eat


    Recipe Using  Pistachio (Here I list only main dishes.. but Pistachio can be used in lot of dishes for decoration or just to add little flavour)


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