The pistachio nut has its origins in the Middle East, from where ancient Romans carried the seeds to Sicily. There, Arab invaders planted pistachio orchards that today yield the world’s finest variety of the nut. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm The pistachio nut has its origins in the Middle East, from where ancient Romans carried the seeds to Sicily. There, Arab invaders planted pistachio orchards that today yield the world’s finest variety of the nut. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm
The pistachio nut has its origins in the Middle East, from where ancient Romans carried the seeds to Sicily. There, Arab invaders planted pistachio orchards that today yield the world’s finest variety of the nut. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm

Story of the pistachio: the nut’s origins in the Middle East, and how Italy grows the finest variety, newly popular in China

  • Known in China as the ‘smiling nut’ because of its semi-open shell, the pistachio is the seed of a fruit – and the best of them grow in Sicily’s volcanic soil
  • Too pricey for serving as salted snacks, they are prized by makers of confectionery and ice cream and have health benefits, such as lowering cholesterol levels

Topic |   Food and Drinks
The pistachio nut has its origins in the Middle East, from where ancient Romans carried the seeds to Sicily. There, Arab invaders planted pistachio orchards that today yield the world’s finest variety of the nut. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm The pistachio nut has its origins in the Middle East, from where ancient Romans carried the seeds to Sicily. There, Arab invaders planted pistachio orchards that today yield the world’s finest variety of the nut. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm
The pistachio nut has its origins in the Middle East, from where ancient Romans carried the seeds to Sicily. There, Arab invaders planted pistachio orchards that today yield the world’s finest variety of the nut. Photo: Getty Images/EyeEm
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