Journey of taste: Pistachio is the oldest dry fruit in the world, very interesting things related to this dry fruit

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Pistachios are grown in dry lands in warm or temperate climates.
Pistachios are good in controlling cholesterol levels.
Pistachios are also mentioned along with walnuts in the Bible.

Swad Ka Safarnama: Pistachios are a wonderful dry fruit and taste amazing whether you eat them in bland, salty or sweet form. It is also full of properties and the vitamins and minerals found in it not only control blood sugar, but also control the increasing weight. It is also considered beneficial for the heart. The history of this dry fruit is thousands of years old.

Pistachio’s effect is hot

It is believed that dry fruits are mostly produced in cold regions, but pistachio is such a dry fruit that thrives in hot regions. By the way, it can also grow in cold regions. Its effect is considered hot. In some ancient texts of western countries, it is said that when Adam and Eve came to the earth, pistachios were also included in the foods they brought with them. Pistachios have also been described along with walnuts in the Bible, the religious book of Christians.

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In India, pistachios are mostly eaten as nuts. Image-Canva

It is believed that in ancient times, the business class used pistachios as their food, the reason for this was that after roasting, its qualities not only increased, but it also remained safe for a long time. It is not a practice to eat pistachios by plucking them directly from the tree. It is dried after breaking it along with the peel, then it is also converted into salty or sweet according to the taste. In India, pistachios are mostly eaten as nuts, but in foreign countries it is used to make desserts, sauces, many types of sweets, and special syrup with butter.

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There is no opinion on the place of origin of pistachio

It is said that among all the dry fruits in the world, pistachio is the oldest. Pistachio of the cashew family had started growing on the earth around 7000 years ago. There are different views about where it originated. The Encyclopedia Britannica states that pistachios are grown in dry land in warm or temperate climates. It is believed to be of Iranian origin. On the other hand, the Roman natural philosopher, scientist and historian Pliny the Elder (1st century), who wrote the encyclopedia Naturalis Historia, believed that pistachios were brought to Italy from Syria during the reign of Tiberius in the early 1st century AD. Subsequently, its cultivation spread to other Mediterranean countries.

By the way, Indian American botanist Sushma Naithani has considered two origin centers of pistachios. One, the Fertile Crescent, which includes Turkey, Israel, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, Iraq, Turkmenistan, etc. The second origin of pistachio considers the center and the Central Asiatic Center, which includes India, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Pistachio production centers in India are Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Punjab and Kashmir. Now it is also being grown in Rajasthan.

Pistachio has been described as very beneficial in ‘Charak Samhita’

Pistachio (Abhishuka) is described in the ancient Ayurvedic text of India ‘Charaksamhita’ written in the seventh-eighth century BC. This means that this dry fruit was being consumed in India during that period. Information about its properties has been given in the book and it has been told that it is not only aliphatic, sweet, fortifying, anti-cough and bile, it also reduces weight. Pistachios have weighty nutrients. According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), 100 grams of pistachios have calories 562, total fat 45 grams, cholesterol 0 mg, sodium 1 mg, potassium 1,025 mg, carbohydrates 28 grams, fiber 10 grams, protein 20 grams, besides vitamin C, calcium, Iron, vitamin B6 and magnesium are also found.

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Pistachios do not allow weight gain by controlling blood sugar. Image-Canva

According to food expert and nutrition consultant Nilanjana Singh, due to these vitamins and minerals, this dry fruit controls blood sugar, does not allow body weight to increase and is also considered beneficial for the heart. The fiber present in it keeps the hunger low and also keeps the digestive system healthy.

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Pistachio controls cholesterol

He informed that pistachios are good in controlling cholesterol levels. Also helps in preventing heart diseases. It is a rich source of Vitamin E which flushes out the bad cholesterol. The special elements found in it, especially vitamin B6, also keep the nervous system healthy. This vitamin also plays an important role in making red cells of the blood, its advantage is that the hemoglobin in the body remains balanced continuously. Eye light also increases by its use. It also contains Biotin which helps in making the hair strong and shiny. It moisturizes and nourishes the skin and also increases its elasticity. Pistachios plucked from the tree should not be eaten directly. This can disturb the digestive system. If eaten in excess, it can cause loose motion or constipation.

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