National Pistachio Day
When is National Pistachio Day? This holiday is always celebrated on February 26
National Pistachio Day is a nutty day. You can celebrate this February 26 holiday by eating them and learning more about them. We’re going to help with the learning part…….. read on.
Nutty Pistachio Facts:
- Pistachios grow on trees. They are native to the Middle East.
- It’s a long wait to get the first nut. A pistachio tree takes 7-10 years to mature.
- California is the major producer in the U.S.
- Pistachios are harvested in September by machines that shake the trees. It less than a minute.
- The red dye added to the nuts is only due to consumer demand for the color.
- Its open hull is unique. The nut is ripe when the hull splits open.
- People in the Middle East call it the “smiling nut” and in China, its called the “happy nut”.
- Pistachios are nutritious, so eat them up!
Did You Know? A business case in the early 2000s considered whether it was economical to sort out unopened nuts and ship them to China so low-cost workers there can saw a slit in the nuts. Then, they would be back to the United States for sale. The business case found it too expensive.
Celebrate today by eating Pistachios. They are great plain as a snack, in ice cream, and a wide range of desserts.
How to Celebrate National Pistachio Day
- Crack open a handful or more of these delicious nuts.
- Bring a package to your workplace to share with co-workers.
- Try pistachios in as many foods as you can: muffins, cakes, ice cream, and trail mix. There are endless possibilities.
Thought for Today
“If you never get out of the box you were raised in, you’ll never know how much bigger the world is.” – – Angelina Jolie
History and Origin of National Pistachio Day
Our research did not find the creator or the origin of this day. We had the opportunity to research this day, along with a national pistachio organization. The group approached us because they didn’t understand why this day could be in February. They wanted to move this day or create a new one to celebrate the September harvest of the pistachio crop. They also wanted to make the new day a national one. Making it a true “National” day proved to be too long of a process and time-consuming. They felt that congress had more important things to do. As a result, this is not a true “National” day.
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