Trivia in the Kitchen, Number Fifteen!

Did you know that the Queen of Sheeba was so fond of pistachios that she hoarded all the pistachios in Assyria for herself?  She would only share them with honored guests at her court.  In Syria today, pistachios are given as gifts of goodwill, especially at weddings.

The pistachio is a member of the cashew family and is native to the Eastern Mediterranean, Central Asia, and Xinjiang.  The top five commercial producers of pistachios are Iran, the United States, Turkey, China, and Syria.

Each pistachio tree averages around 50 kilograms (110 lb) of seeds (around 50,000) every two years.

The scientific classification of the pistachio is as follows:

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Sapindales
Family: Anacariaceae
Genue: Pistacia
Species: P. vera



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