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These seeds are very rich in Potassium, Calcium, Vitamins C, A, E, and Folate.
Pistachios, favorite decoration of many, especially eastern desserts, are seeds that grow on small trees, and that originally came from southern part of Turkestan. They have been grown for four millennia throughout the whole Mediterranean basin. Several kinds of pistachios exist, and their trees are divided into male and female (like Kiwi trees).
The seed of pistachio has a mauve skin and light green flesh which is the reason why it’s so often used for making ice cream. Their shells open like clamshells. Pistachios are usually sold salted as snack food, but they can also be used as ingredients of Turkish delights, cakes (as a replacement for walnuts), various creams, fruit salads, etc.
Flavor of these seeds is very distinctive, but when  cooked,  that distinctive aroma is somewhat lost, even though, the color still remains.
Pistachios are not only pretty and delicious, they are also very healthy. It is considered that 100g  of pistachios contain 107mg of Calcium (important for development of bones and teeth), 121mg  of Magnesium, 490mg of Phosphorus, and even 1.025mg of Potassium (important for body detoxification), whereas, the amount of Sodium is negligible. Pistachios are also rich in microelements: Iron, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, Selenium, and Vitamin C (5mg), as well as Folate, Vitamin A (28mg), Vitamin E (4.6mg) and Amino acids.
However, pistachios are very high in calories, 100g contain 557 calories or 2.332 kJ, due to the fact that they contain a lot of fat (44.4mg) and carbohydrates (27.97mg), but they also contain proteins (20.61mg) and dietary fiber (10.3mg).



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