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pistachio

(pĭstăsh`ēō, pĭstä`shēō), tree or shrub (of the genus Pistacia) of the family Anacardiaceae (sumacsumac
or sumach
, common name for some members of the Anacardiaceae, a family of trees and shrubs native chiefly to the tropics but ranging into north temperate regions and characterized by resinous, often acrid, sap.
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 family). The species that yields the pistachio nut of commerce is P. vera, native to SW Asia. It is now cultivated on a small scale in parts of the SW United States and in many of the warmer parts of Europe and Asia; the trade supply comes largely from Iran, Syria, Afghanistan, Italy, and Sicily. The "nut," a greenish seed, is eaten salted and is used in making confections. In Syria and some other countries it is more widely used and is traditional at weddings and on other occasions. A flavoring oil is derived from the nuts. Related species include the terebinthterebinth
or turpentine tree,
small deciduous tree (Pistacia terebinthus) of the family Anacardiaceae (sumac family), native to the Mediterranean region.
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, or turpentine tree; the Chinese pistachio, P. chinensis, grown in Florida and California both for ornament and as grafting stock for P. vera; and the mastic (P. lentiscus). Pistachio is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Sapindales, family Anacardiaceae.

pistachio

[pə′stash·ē‚ō]
(botany)
Pistacia vera. A small, spreading dioecious evergreen tree with leaves that have three to five broad leaflets, and with large drupaceous fruit; the edible seed consists of a single green kernel covered by a brown coat and enclosed in a tough shell.

pistachio

of a yellowish-green colour

pistachio

1. an anacardiaceous tree, Pistacia vera, of the Mediterranean region and W Asia, with small hard-shelled nuts
2. the nut of this tree, having an edible green kernel
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Blitz the polenta, pistachio nuts, ground 5 almonds, flour and baking powder to a fine crumb, then gently fold in to the egg mixture.
Chop the pistachio nuts and sprinkle them over the cake, then top with the remaining lime zest.
Sprinkle 3 tablespoons of chopped pistachio nuts and refrigerate it.
The composition of pistachio nuts may vary depending upon the cultivar type, growing region, climate, maturity and cultural practice [3,28,40,41,44].
He was also in talks to star in an advertisement for pistachio nuts with former NBA player Dennis Rodman, but had to pull out when he couldn't get his US work visa.
"This study confirms that the fat from pistachio nuts, specifically, is not completely digested or absorbed, resulting in a lower energy value," he added.
Diabetes could be controlled and the propensity for heart disease may be reduced, for instance, by adding pistachio nuts to one's diet.
Pistachio nuts cultivate in grape-like bunch and an external skin, called the hull, encases each nut.
INGREDIENTS: 1 cup cream cheese (8 ounces), softened; 1/2 cup goat cheese (che,vre), (4 ounces), softened; 1 tablespoon lemon juice; Grated zest of 1 lemon; 1/2 cup grated Pecorino Romano, preferably Fulvi; 1 teaspoon toasted and ground coriander seeds; 1 teaspoon toasted and ground cumin seeds; 1/2 cup finely sliced celery hearts, with leaves; 1/3 cup chopped mint; 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper; Sea salt; 1/3 cup salted pistachio nuts, coarsely ground.
The judges could not resist the lightly salted pistachio nuts that perfectly compliment the deliciously smooth Madagascan milk chocolate with its subtle honey and citrus undertones.
Pistachio nuts grow in grape-like clusters and are covered with soft, reddish husks that are removed when they are processed.