Pistachios originate in the Middle East and central Asia, and they are known as the “smiling nut” in Iran and the “happy nut” in China. Evidence suggests pistachios were being eaten in Turkey around 7,000 BC. Some places in Iran claim to have 700 year-old pistachio trees!
The pistachio tree is commonly believed to have been brought to Greece by the army of Alexander the Great. From there, it was traded throughout Europe as an expensive delicacy.
In the 1880s, Middle Eastern immigrants brought pistachios to the United States, which is now the world’s largest producer of this nut. California produces approximately 300 million pounds per year, which is 98% of America’s production.
Originally, pistachio shells were dyed red or green to hide their defects, but modern harvesting technology makes the coloring unnecessary. They are actually naturally beige in color, and they split open when they are right.
Pistachios are very healthy and a great source of fiber, copper, vitamin B6, proteins, and vitamin D.
The Jylgyndy Forest Reserve in Kyrgyzstan was created to conserve the pistachio tree. These trees grow up to about 20 feet tall and thrive in high heat with little rain. A new tree takes between 7-10 years to grow mature enough to produce fruit.
Pistachio nuts are one of the main ingredients in sweets from the Middle East, and Italy uses pistachios to make spumoni and pistachio gelato.
Forget having to drive all the way to the bakery when you can make your own easy chocolate pistachio eclairs at home for National Pistachio Day! This homemade éclair pastry recipe boasts a creamy pistachio pudding filling.
Super easy, No-bake Pistachio Cheesecake with a crunchy 2 ingredients crust filled with creamy, airy pistachio cream cheese mousse that has a lovely pistachio flavor, fully natural! If you are a cheesecake and pistachio lover and like to make delicious desserts for National Pistachio Day without a lot of fuss, this will be a recipe you will love! No baking involved, no water bath, no hassle, the easiest pistachio cheesecake recipe ever!
Italian Pistachio Cookies are a classic Italian cookie with chopped pistachios that are so simple to make! You’re going to love the subtle pistachio flavor of these soft cookies that are ready in 20 minutes National Pistachio Day!
If you are looking for an easy and elegant appetizer on National Pistachio Day, you will love these baked figs with honey and pistachios! Ripe figs are topped with dollops of creamy blue cheese and goat cheese and baked until just melted, then generously topped with pistachios and drizzled with honey.
This pistachio crusted cod is healthy, full of flavour and yet so simple to make on National Pistachio Day! Made with just six main ingredients from the freezer and pantry, it's also perfect for an easy weeknight dinner with sides of your choice.
This Starbucks pistachio latte copycat recipe is so easy to make at home, you can have this fancy Starbucks drink all winter long, including on National Pistachio Day. Made with a sweet, homemade pistachio syrup. Topped with a brown butter brown sugar topping, just like the Starbucks version.
Gluten-Free Pistachio Cake: warmly spiced with cardamom, buttery and tender, it is absolutely good until the last piece. Plush and slightly dense, slicing like a dream - make your dreams come true on National Pistachio Day.
Pistachio butter is so easy to make! It requires just two ingredients – roasted pistachios and salt. If you like the nutty taste of pistachios, you’re going to adore its intensified flavor once it’s turned into a creamy spread on National Pistachio Day. Vegan & gluten-free.
Watergate Salad is not a salad at all but rather pistachio pudding mixed with pineapple, coconut, cherries, mini marshmallows, and walnuts. This version is made from scratch without boxed pudding - a delicious treat on National Pistachio Day.
Basil pesto just got a delicious make over! This simple pistachio pesto recipe is herby and rich and perfect to use on National Pistachio Day in so many ways. Simple to make with just a handful of ingredients, it’s ready to enjoy within minutes.
Pistachio Pudding Pie is such an easy, dreamy, creamy no bake dessert. Make it from scratch with this recipe made with cream cheese, a graham cracker crust, and instant jell-o pudding. While this one is made without pineapple, check out our variations with chocolate (grasshopper), coconut or pineapple. It's so quick and easy to make and is great to take to any National Pistachio Day get together.
Simple, easy and quick are three words you can use to describe this Pistachio Bread with almond icing. It all starts with a cake mix, a pudding mix and a little love and soon you’ll be biting into a little slice of heaven on National Pistachio Day.
This Pistachio Cake recipe is a super easy dessert on National Pistachio Day! Made with 7up soda and pudding, so it turns out so moist and tender, and baked in a bundt pan for a beautiful presentation.
Pistachio Salad: A take on watergate salad and ambrosia dessert salad recipes that uses simple ingredients like fruit, pudding mix, and marshmallows and ready in minutes! Give it a try on National Pistachio Day.
Crema al Pistacchio is the most delicious Italian Pistachio Cream made with pistachios, white chocolate and milk. Use it as a filling for National Pistachio Daydoughnuts, pastries and cakes or simply spread it on bread or toast. Super quick and easy!
Did you know you can make homemade vegan cheese using pistachios in 20 minutes? It will have a beautiful green color, a nutty, cheesy flavor, and a perfectly sliceable texture. Enjoy it on toast, or make a spectacular vegan appetizer for National Pistachio Day by adding cranberry jelly.
Think of this raspberry pistachio semifreddo as a spectacularly elegant no-churn ice cream. It’s gorgeous, easy-to-make, and memorable—and best of all, it can be made year-round using frozen berries! Whip some up on National Pistachio Day!
Sweet, juicy roasted peaches are topped with a crunchy buttery pistachio crumble in this 6-ingredient National Pistachio Day dessert. Perfect for company, so much easier than a fruit pie and every bit as delicious!
Pistachio Pudding Shots are a year round boozy dessert featuring vodka and Baileys. Works great for a National Pistachio Day party or as a surprise for any adult celebration. Serve them up in your favorite shot glasses or make them easy to store and transport with small plastic cups with lids. Either way, these Jello shots are sure to be a hit.
Chocolate Tart with Pistachio Crust is gluten-free, and made with essentially five ingredients. This delicious, melt-in-your-mouth dessert will become your go-to for National Pistachio Day, dinner parties, outdoor barbecues, or simply to share with friends.
These beautiful matcha pistachio bliss balls are so delicious and come with a whole lot of benefits! Fully vegan, gluten-free and protein-packed, they offer a subtle energy boost to get you through the rest of your National Pistachio Day or your next workout!
Roasted Carrots with Pistachios is the perfect spring side dish or addition to your National Pistachio Day meal. Roasted carrots are sweet and complimented nicely with fresh herbs, red onion, creamy, tangy feta cheese and crunchy pistachios. You will love this light and fresh side!
The most incredible roasted carrots recipe! Spiced with coriander and cumin, tossed in a garlic-herb sauce, and finished with toasted pistachios and sesame seeds. Simple enough for weeknight cooking, yet impressive enough for entertaining on National Pistachio Day, these Coriander Roasted Carrots are an absolute show-stopper.
This pistachio chicken recipe is easy to make with 5 ingredients for National Pistachio Day. Pistachio crusted chicken is a gluten-free, paleo and keto main dish that is loved by both adults and children!
Halva, like this easy pistachio tahini halva, is one of the most famous Middle Eastern desserts. And although it differs from one region to another, the most common variation is this sweet, crumbly mixture made with tahini (sesame seed paste), sugar, and pistachios. A unique dish for National Pistachio Day!
No Churn Pistachio Ice Cream, an easy homemade ice cream recipe with five ingredients. You don’t need an ice cream maker – just an electric mixer! Creamy, cold pistachio ice cream will be your new favorite National Pistachio Day dessert.
This pistachio crusted chicken is crunchy, juicy, and easy to make. It takes only thirty minutes to get ready, and you only need a few ingredients. A crunchy nut coating on chicken is an absolute must-try on National Pistachio Day!
Watergate Salad is a cool and creamy dessert salad that is a family favorite and always a hit on National Pistachio Day! Loaded with pistachio pudding, pineapple, marshmallows, and pecans, this is a treat that everyone enjoys!
This Pistachio and Almond Chocolate Bark is so easy and delicious. Made with dark chocolate. Perfect for any occasion, especially for National Pistachio Day. Only 4 ingredients in less than 30 minutes, and obviously no-bake!
Cranberry and pistachio white chocolate bark is so festive and it’s perfect for National Pistachio Day! It’s like almond bark but with pistachios rather than almonds. This easy holiday treat recipe is so simple to make!
This St. Patrick’s Day Pistachio Iced Coffee is a real treat to celebrate National Pistachio Day with. Cold Coffee, pistachio ice cream, Irish Cream Liqueur, cream, and whipped cream make this drink irresistible.
These Pistachio Cream Bars have a shortbread cookie base and the filling is a cross between a pudding and a cheesecake. Though you can make them any time of year, they are a nice treat for National Pistachio Day.
This Pistachio Bundt Cake is fragrant with spice and colorful with pistachios and dried rose petals. It’s love at first bite on National Pistachio Day! Buttery, nutty, and topped with a sweet glaze, it’s a stunning cake that makes the everyday extraordinary.
This homemade pistachio syrup is perfect for flavoring coffees and cocktails. It is made with real pistachios for the most authentic rich, nutty pistachio flavor. It’s easy to make, so you can have pistachio lattes every morning, not just on National Pistachio Day!
These pistachio pudding cookies with chocolate chips are delightfully soft and chewy and I’m in love with their pudgy little shape! The minty green color turns them into a fun National Pistachio Day cookie too.
This pistachio cornmeal butter cookie recipe is for an authentic Italian cookie that you'll enjoy on National Pistachio Day. It’s perfect for dipping in your coffee or just a snack with a glass of milk.
Creamy and rich, this plant-based pistachio milk requires 2 main ingredients and 3 steps: soak pistachios, blend them with water, and strain. You can add in some flavorings and a sweetener and enjoy it in your National Pistachio Day morning coffee, with your favorite cereal, or as a warm or chilled nightcap at the end of a long day.
This recipe for pistachio-crusted scallops will knock your socks off for National Pistachio Day. Simply sear seasoned scallops until crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, then roll them in a mix of crushed pistachios and lemon zest.
Pistachio Apricot Linzer Cookies are a perfect little treat for National Pistachio Day. Tender pistachio cookie dough is sandwiched with apricot preserves. A hint of rum gives the cookies a special flavor.
Slice and bake lemon pistachio cookies! They’re perfectly crisp, deliciously buttery, and tender with a sweet and tangy flavor. You’ll love the crunchy yet tender pistachios in every bite. This one is different yet worthy of adding to your tray on National Pistachio Day.
Peach Burrata Salad with Bacon, Butter Lettuce, Basil, and Pistachio is a salad that is a lovely balance of sweet and savory flavors, and creamy and crunchy textures. Enjoy some for lunch on National Pistachio Day!
Serve this on National Pistachio Day with a side of crusty whole grain bread to soak up the buttery yolk, and unsweetened iced tea! This recipe makes extra pistachio-herb spread, which you can refrigerate and enjoy over toast or tossed with pasta.
This pistachio butter recipe only calls for pistachios and salt, but a little maple syrup or honey can be used as well. It makes for a great gift for National Pistachio Day, and it’s also paleo and vegan.
Indulge in the rich, creamy taste of homemade pistachio ice cream on National Pistachio Day. There's a good reason why it's popular! Made with real pistachios, its distinct flavor sets it apart from any other ice cream flavor.
A simple Pistachio Salad recipe that is perfect for any occasion! Smooth, creamy, and easy to make, the green color makes this pistachio salad perfect for National Pistachio Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, and Christmas.
With crispy and crunchy texture, nutty, fragrant and zesty flavour, these lemon and pistachio biscotti are made for dunking! Thanks to their crispy texture, these delicious biscuits have really long shelf life and will last for weeks after National Pistachio Day, when stored correctly.
Two of the most important ingredients in the Sicilian kitchen are ricotta and pistachios. Both are used in desserts and pasta recipes, especially on National Pistachio Day. This Sicilian ricotta and pistachio pasta is a delicious example of how beautifully these two typical foods can be used together to make a divine creamy plate of pasta.
Whether you’re impressing a date or treating yourself on National Pistachio Day, Pistachio Pudding from scratch is a luscious small batch dessert that makes two servings. The hardest part is deciding if you should share.
This chicken salad recipe with dried cherries is a delightful balance between sweet and savory. The dried cherries create a sweet and tart dynamic while the shallots add flavor and a crunch over using traditional celery. Give them a try on National Pistachio Day!
These vegan cucumber roll ups (cucumber rolls) are made with a refreshing mixture of pistachio, mint, lime and creamy avocado. They make for a perfect appetizer or snack, especially on National Pistachio Day.
This Pistachio Rose Semolina Cake is a beautiful union of cardamom, rosewater, almond and pistachio. Serve up this exquisite cake at your next National Pistachio Day get-together as a wonderful finale to a meal.
Pistachio Wedding Cookies are soft, buttery cookies that are a little sweet, a little salty, and a whole lot of delicious. These melt-in-your-mouth good cookies just might have you reaching into that cookie jar often this National Pistachio Day.
Welcome to the most incredible cantaloupe salad for lunch on National Pistachio Day! It's filled with juicy cantaloupe, briny feta cheese crumbles, nutty crushed pistachios, crisp cucumbers and fresh basil and mint. It's finished with an easy homemade lime, white wine vinegar and honey olive oil dressing.
Cookies for breakfast on National Pistachio Day? Yes please! These pistachio biscotti are dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with chopped pistachios! They're super easy to make and the perfect excuse for eating cookies at 8am. Pair with your favorite latte (like this white chocolate mocha) for an fun weekend brunch treat!
This pistachio crusted salmon might seem like a fancy salmon recipe but you will be surprised how EASY it is to make for dinner on National Pistachio Day! The salmon crust is perfectly complimented by the sweet and savory maple Dijon glaze.
Try this air fryer pistachio pudding coffee cake if you’re looking for new, exciting air fryer recipes on National Pistachio Day. This air fryer cake with pistachio, coconut and almonds is so tasty. This easy-to-make pistachio coffee cake is made with pistachio instant pudding and other simple ingredients.
This Pistachio Cake recipe has loads of freshly ground pistachios in the cake batter and is layered with a rich dark chocolate ganache and fresh raspberries. A delicious dessert for National Pistachio Day.
This Kesar Pista kulfi is the perfect recipe to make at home. A very simple frozen treat that requires no fancy equipment for National Pistachio Day. This dairy dessert is flavored with saffrons and pistachios.
These Pistachio Muffins are super easy and effortless! Whipped up in a food processor and topped with white chocolate chips and pistachios for extra crunch! These soft and fluffy muffins are the perfect National Pistachio Day grab and go snack or relax with a cup of tea or coffee, enjoy!