It's Pistachio Day!

Apparently, it’s Pistachio Day today so here are some links and background info about it.

Quick facts about pistachios

  • Pistachios are part of the cashew family along with mangoes and poison ivy
  • Their name derives from the Pistachio tree (the pistachios we eat are actually the seeds)
  • Pistachios are Persian in origin (now modern Iran) and remain native in Central Asian countries such as Afghanistan
  • Pistachio shells contain urushiol (along with other fruit and seeds from the cashew family), which is an oily resin and irritant that causes allergic reactions
  • In China, pistachios are known as the “happy nut”
  • In 2023, competitive eater Nick Wehry set a new world record at the Get Crackin’ Wonderful Pistachios Eating Championship by shelling and eating 188 pistachios in 8 minutes (via)


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