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Why You’ll Love Pistachios
Crack open pistachio shells and inside you’ll find green nutrient-rich nuts with a sweet flavor and buttery crunch. Rich in calcium and filled with fiber, pistachios are a simple, sensible snack and add oomph to salads, sweets and more.
How to Tell if Pistachios Are Fresh
Look for pistachios with split beige-colored shells (which indicate ripeness) and bright green nuts. They’re highly perishable, so put shelled or un-shelled nuts in a plastic bag and refrigerate for up to 3 months or freeze un-shelled nuts for up to 6 months.
How to Candy Pistachios
Mix 1/2 cup light corn syrup, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, then stir well. Toss with 16 ounces pistachios until well-coated, then spread on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake in a 325°F oven until fragrant, about 10-15 minutes. Let cool and store in an airtight container.
How to Pair Pistachios
Garnish salads, baked Brie, cakes and custards with chopped candied pistachios and use pistachio extract to flavor sweets. Dip pretzels and fresh strawberries in melted chocolate, then coat with crushed pistachios. Or stir chopped nuts and dried apricots into couscous, rice and oatmeal.
How to Prep & Recipe Idea
Shell pistachios before use. For an impressive appetizer or healthy snack, stuff grapes with goat cheese and chopped pistachios.
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