If you are a fan of healthy snacks like pistachios and nuts while watching your favorite TV show, then this list of countries that produce the most pistachios in the world will come as a real treat for you. We are sure there are many things you don’t know about pistachios, like their nutritional value, or their origin, and, of course, which country is the biggest pistachio producer in the world. We have all the answers prepared for you, so let us begin the story of this special member of the cashew family.
Pistacia Vera or simply pistachio tree is native to Central Asia and the Middle East, but they have spread to other countries that have a similar climate in which these trees can be successfully grown. It has to pass around 10 years after the plantations for the plant to bear the fruits. Like everything good in life the fruit from this tree requires patience.
Pistachios have a lot of calories because they are rich in fats and other nutrients. Only 100 grams of pistachios has around 560 calories. You should eat them because of many health benefits, but if you’re looking to lose some weight you must take a count of your caloric intake.
Pistachios have many vitamins from B-complex, they are also a fantastic source of vitamin E and vitamin K, and contain a plethora of minerals such as copper, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, iron, calcium, zinc, manganese, and selenium. They are rich in proteins and with only a hand full of pistachios per day, you will satisfy around a half of the average daily need for proteins.
The fats that pistachios contain are good for our health, and they can actually help to lower our bad cholesterol and raise the good one. Eating pistachios regularly will help your heart stay healthy, it will improve your digestion and it can also help prevent diabetes. Because of vitamin E and some other ingredients found in pistachios, with regular consumption your skin may become more soft and elastic (for those having problems with dry skin – pistachios may help). They also contain antioxidants that help neutralization of the free radicals in the body, which can cause cancer and heart issues.
Those suffering from anemia will be happy to hear that thanks to the perfect combination of iron and copper found in pistachios, they are an excellent food for those who are trying to raise their blood iron levels. Maybe because of its iron supply, pistachios were considered as a symbol of strong health in ancient times, and that’s why athletes are advised to consume them regularly.
If you are interested in the production of other popular agricultural products such as sugar for example, you might want to take a look at the countries that produce the most sugar in the world. In that article you can learn why sugar is not healthy, and how can you get addicted to it.
And now, back to our main topic for today. To find out countries that produce the most pistachios in the world we’ve used statistic data from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. Even though only the statistics from 2013, are available, chances are nothing much has changed since then, because, as we could see from the same source, these countries below were at the top in the previous years, too.