Why are pistachios sold in the shell?

You might suspect that would make skinless pistachios cheaper. But if you look at the prices charged by retailers, shelled pistachios tend to be more than twice as expensive per ounce as those with shells, so all you save is the trouble of extracting them and paying a substantial fee for that luxury. In addition, pistachios, unlike most other nuts, are most often sold in shell. To roast and salt nuts such as walnuts or cashew nuts, producers must remove the shell.

However, a very high percentage of pistachios develop a natural split in their shells during the growth process. In fact, they've been bred for that because it means they can be salted and roasted while they're still inside the shells. That saves producers money and explains why shelled pistachios are more expensive. Pistachios are grown on trees and have natural cinnamon-colored shells.

The kernels inside the shells are a greenish tan color. They get their greenish color from chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a natural pigment that gives leaves their green color. Pistachios are usually sold with the shells partially open and the kernels poking out, making it easier to separate the kernels from their shells.

In reality, the shell opens on its own during the growth process. As the pistachio grows, it expands until its shell opens. Sometimes pistachio shells don't open on their own. This is often due to immature grains that don't grow properly.

Usually, these nuts should be discarded. If you don't remember red pistachios, here's a brief history lesson: Until the 1980s, pistachios used to be bright red, something American and American vendors did to make them more attractive. There is no scenario in which the cost savings of a bag of pistachios in shell justify an additional indirect labor expense. However, many people like pistachios more as ingredients in their dishes and desserts than as snacks.

Shelled pistachios tend to be less expensive per unit than skinless pistachios, but shelled pistachios are cost-effective. In honor of National Pistachio Day, let's celebrate the versatility of this incredible nut with ten strange but surprising facts you might not have known about pistachio. The shell is the hard, inedible layer of pistachios and must be removed to access the grain. Generally speaking, there are between 180 and 200 unshelled pistachios in 100 grams, instead of 90 to 100 shelled pistachios.

If I am given the choice between pistachios with shells and without shells at the supermarket, I always choose the former. These improved facilities mean that fewer stains and stains appear on pistachios, so there is less need to dye them, which is one of the reasons why the practice is disappearing. A 1-ounce serving of pistachios is equivalent to 49 walnuts and provides 160 calories, zero cholesterol, 6 grams of protein and 13 grams of fat. I once saw, in Publix, a large number of pistachios without shells (in a kind of plastic jar, next to the raisins, if that helps).

When pistachios grow in harsh conditions, such as extreme summer heat, the grain tends to be smaller and weigh less than the shell. Accounting for labor in this way has drastic effects on the true cost per unshelled cup of shelled pistachios. When you buy pistachio kernels, regardless of type and size, the weight indicated on the label represents exactly what's inside.

Matthew Baron
Matthew Baron

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