Frequently asked questions about pistachio



If it is still not clear, the pistachio is a special fruit.

Beloved by young and old, even today many do not know its history. And we are here to answer the most frequently asked questions and doubts about our fruit.

 

For this occasion, we have selected four questions in particular, and will shed light on some often discussed topics.

 

We're off!

 

  • Because the pistachio of Bronte is so valuable?

The pistachio by Bronte is a Protected Designation of Origin and this is thanks to the wonderful soil where the plant manages to thrive, which gives the fruit very specific organoleptic characteristics. The plants of pistachioin Bronte manage to make their way and grow luxuriantly in the rocky soil formed by the solidified lava of the volcano. It is no coincidence that it is called Green goldas it represents a real source of income for the town.

 

  • The collection of the pistachio happens every year?

Harvesting takes place every two years, precisely in the period from the end of August to the end of September. Each plant produces 5 to 15 kg of fruit with peaks of 20 to 30 kg. In non-harvesting years, the "green pruning"fruit buds in the growth phase are removed by hand. During odd-numbered years in Bronte, more than 30 thousand quintals of pistachios are harvested, and it is from the harvest, which is done strictly by hand, that the wonderful journey of our fruit begins.

 

  • It is true that the pistachio is a very old fruit?

Palaeolithic archaeological finds in Jordan testify to the presence of the pistachio as early as 6760 BC. so it can be said that the pistachio is one of the oldest dried fruit species in history. The first plants of pistachio arrived in Italy in 30 A.D. in the Roman territories, while in Sicily the fruit landed thanks to the Arabs who began cultivating it in the areas of Agrigento and Caltanissetta; the plant's last stop was Bronte, where around the 19th century it found the perfect habitat to develop.

 

After years of research and studies, it has been clarified that the pistachio is not fattening. The fruit is rich in nutrients and its properties are also used for many diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and to improve the quality of life during the ageing phase. Thanks to its high protein and fibre content, the pistachio reduces the sense of satietyso perfect to fill a hunger pang and for those who want to lose weight.


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