How to fry pistachios in the shell

Pistachios are the fruits of trees of the same name from the Sumacaceae family, growing in regions with subtropical and tropical climates. The culture is especially widespread in the Mediterranean, North-West Africa, Western, Central and Eastern Asia, as well as Central America. Currently, the main exporters of pistachios are Italy, Spain, Greece, Syria, the USA and Iran. Trees most often grow solitarily; in rare cases, pistachio forests are formed. The culture especially thrives in drought-resistant soils rich in calcium. Flowering occurs in early spring, nuts are collected in late summer, but they can ripen until late autumn. Pistachios have been eaten raw, dried and fried since ancient times; they have high nutritional value and boast many beneficial properties. The fruits are eaten as an independent product, but are also added as ingredients to various dishes.

Composition and calorie content of pistachios

Pistachio, like any other nut, is considered a high-calorie product, plus it contains a high percentage of fat. Thus, those who are on a diet and counting every calorie are usually not recommended to eat this fruit.

Calorie content of pistachios is 556.3 kcal per 100 g of product, of which:

  • Proteins - 20 g;
  • Fats - 50 g;
  • Carbohydrates - 7 g;
  • Dietary fiber - 0.3 g;
  • Water - 9 g;
  • Ash - 3 g.

However, we hasten to note that the fats in nuts are not the kind of fats that you should be afraid of.
They contain enormous benefits, consisting of a beneficial effect on the skin, hair and nails. In addition, look at how many other biologically active components needed by our body this product contains.

Macroelements per 100 g:

  • Potassium - 600 mg;
  • Calcium - 250 mg;
  • Silicon - 50 mg;
  • Magnesium - 200 mg;
  • Sodium - 25 mg;
  • Sulfur - 100 mg;
  • Phosphorus - 400 mg;
  • Chlorine - 30 mg.

Microelements per 100 g:

  • Aluminum - 1500 mg;
  • Boron - 200 mg;
  • Vanadium - 170 mcg;
  • Iron - 60 mcg;
  • Iodine - 10 mg;
  • Manganese - 3.8 mg;
  • Copper - 500 mcg;
  • Molybdenum - 25 mcg;
  • Nickel - 40 mcg;
  • Tin - 35 mcg;
  • Selenium - 19 mcg;
  • Strontium - 200 mcg;
  • Titanium - 45 mcg;
  • Zinc - 2.8 mg;
  • Zirconium - 25 mg.

Vitamins per 100 g:

  • Vitamin B1 - 1 mg;
  • Vitamin B2 - 0.2 mg;
  • Vitamin B4 - 90 mg;
  • Vitamin B5 - 1 mg;
  • Vitamin B6 - 0.5 mg;
  • Vitamin B9 - 40 mcg;
  • Vitamin E - 6 mg;
  • Vitamin H - 10 mcg;
  • Vitamin RR, NE - 13.32 mg;
  • Niacin - 10 mg.

Digestible carbohydrates in pistachios per 100 g:

  • Starch and dextrins - 50 g;
  • Mono- and disaccharides (sugars) - 2 g.

Finally, it should be noted that the product contains various oils, amino acids and many other useful elements.
Thus, to summarize this section, it is worth saying that it is not only possible, but even necessary to allow yourself pistachios in small quantities on a diet. The fact is that when losing weight, the diet becomes poorer and after a while the body begins to experience a deficiency of certain elements necessary for its normal functioning, which subsequently leads to serious health problems. Just 20-30 grams of nuts per day will minimize the unpleasant consequences of deficiency.

Composition of pistachios

The unique composition of pistachios has been thoroughly studied by specialists in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
Note! The benefits of pistachios for the body are primarily due to their high content of omega-3 and omega-6.

The natural product is enriched with the following components:

  1. Cellulose.
  2. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats.
  3. Ash.
  4. Water.

Pistachios are also enriched with many beneficial vitamins and minerals that regulate the functioning of the human body.

The true calorie content of pistachios depends on the method of their preparation. The raw product has the least calories. There are no more than 557 units in it. Roasted pistachios contain 572 calories. 635 calories can be found in salted nuts.

Useful properties of pistachios

So, the main benefit of pistachios lies in their rich mineral and vitamin composition.
These fruits are even used in therapeutic nutrition for malnourished patients. These nuts are also respected by athletes who daily subject their bodies to excessive physical activity. However, replenishing the body’s need for basic biologically active elements is not the only beneficial property of pistachios. This fruit has a whole range of beneficial effects on the body. Let's look at them:

  1. Liver healing
    . Regular consumption of nuts has a positive effect on the liver and even helps cope with its diseases. Pistachios can normalize the functioning of the organ, clean the bile ducts and relieve liver colic.
  2. Beneficial effect on the cardiovascular system
    . The product is recommended to be eaten if you have a predisposition to heart disease. These nuts perfectly strengthen blood vessels and help normalize heart palpitations. In addition, due to their high content of healthy fats, they reduce the level of bad cholesterol, clearing blood vessels of them, thereby minimizing the risk of blockage of blood vessels and the development of acute cardiac conditions.
  3. Toning effect
    . The benefits of pistachios and their ability to give energy were noticed back in ancient times. It is important to note that the tonic effect extends not only to improving the general condition, due to which a person’s mood improves and the symptoms of chronic fatigue are relieved, but also to the functions of potency. That is why these nuts are especially recommended for men.
  4. Prevention of cancer development
    . The product contains a large number of antioxidants, including tocopherol - simply put, vitamin E, and therefore it is able to fight excess free radicals - one of the main causes of aging of the body and the formation of abnormal molecular bonds leading to the formation of tumors. The effectiveness of pistachios in the fight against cancer was proven in 2009 by scientists from the American Cancer Association. It was noted that the product best resists lung cancer.
  5. Prevention of eye diseases
    . Regular consumption of pistachios helps vision remain sharp even in old age and prevents the development of certain eye diseases. Nuts owe this property to the high content of lutein in their composition, which, by the way, is not produced by the human body independently; it can only be obtained from the outside.
  6. Normalization of the gastrointestinal tract
    . Nuts also have a beneficial effect on the functioning of the digestive system. They help not only to establish normal functioning of the gastrointestinal tract, but also to prevent disorders. In folk medicine, pistachios are often used to treat intestinal diseases, as well as for poisoning.
  7. Positive effect on fetal development
    . The product contains a record amount of calcium and iron, and therefore the consumption of pistachios by pregnant women largely covers the unborn child’s need for these elements. In addition, they contain amino acids that contribute to the harmonious development of the fetus as a whole. It should also be noted that nuts can help not only the baby, but also the mother, reducing the symptoms of toxicosis.
  8. Prevention of respiratory diseases
    . Pistachios can have a beneficial effect on the respiratory tract, and the effect is so effective that even modern doctors recommend introducing the product into the diet for tuberculosis.
  9. Improving the condition of skin, hair and nails
    . Due to the content of a large amount of fat in the product, as well as calcium (which we already mentioned above), it can be called a “beauty nut”. Its regular use makes hair shiny, skin elastic, and nails strong.
  10. Prevention of anemia
    . It should also be noted that pistachio is the absolute champion in iron content among food products, and therefore, if this nut is present in your diet, you will not be afraid of a disease such as anemia (anemia), which in most cases is caused by a lack of iron .

As you can see, pistachio is not only a tasty nut, but also a very healthy product. By the way, in the end we would like to tell you one more very interesting fact about its beneficial effect on the body. Canadian scientists have conducted a number of studies, which have shown that when pistachios are consumed together with foods with a high glycemic index (white bread, buns, potatoes, etc.), there is no sharp jump in blood sugar. This news is especially good for diabetics.

Contraindications and harm of pistachios

And yet, despite such an impressive list of beneficial properties, some people should not eat pistachios.
This product is primarily contraindicated for allergy sufferers. So if individual intolerance to the components of many products is typical for you, it is quite possible that eating pistachios will cause one or another unpleasant symptoms, since these nuts are, in principle, classified as allergenic. For the same reason, pregnant and lactating women, as well as small children, should eat them with caution, so as not to encounter harm from pistachios.

The rest can use them without any fear, but you still need to observe moderation.

How are pistachios used?

Both women and men benefit from a quality product. In this case we are talking about pistachios.

Nuts are added to various dishes, mainly desserts. The benefits of salted pistachios are noted, which are ideal for gatherings with a glass of beer.

Important! Pistachios are found in salads, ice cream and candies.

The healthy nut has a place not only in cooking. Pistachio is also used in cosmetology. It has a beneficial effect on the condition of hair and skin and has a strengthening effect.

How to eat pistachios

Unfortunately, in stores you can most often find these nuts fried with salt.
In this case, the list of contraindications expands, because a lot of salt is used for their preparation, and, for example, such “dishes” are harmful for hypertensive patients and people suffering from swelling. However, if you really want salted nuts, make them yourself with healthy Himalayan salt.

How to cook pistachios yourself? It's very simple: you can fry them in a frying pan or bake them in the oven (you need to stir them a couple of times during the baking process to ensure even frying). At the end of heat treatment, you can add a little salt. The nuts will fry in a frying pan for 20-30 minutes (the signal of readiness is a slight crackling sound), in an oven preheated to 200 degrees, they will need 15 minutes.

If you plan to eat nuts raw, dried or, in extreme cases, fried, but without salt, they will only bring benefits. It is noteworthy that, unlike many other nuts, pistachios are almost always sold in shell, although in most cases it is cracked.

How to eat pistachio from the shell? Quite simple. If there is a crack, you need to pry it with your fingernail, remove the nucleolus and eat it. If there is no crack, you will have to use special tongs, a nut cracker or a hammer.

How to choose and store a quality product

Today you can buy pistachios in most grocery stores. It is recommended to pay attention to the product that is packaged by the manufacturer. It is best to avoid loose pistachios

If possible, you should evaluate the product according to a number of characteristics:

  1. Rich green color.
  2. Cracked shell.
  3. No traces of salt on the nut shell.

It is best to take fresh nuts that have not been heat treated. If desired, you can then fry or salt them yourself.

Recipes with pistachios

As we already said at the beginning of the article, they are consumed not only as an independent product, but also added to various dishes. The use of these nuts in cooking is limitless - the use of pistachios in recipes starts with delicious soups and ends with a variety of desserts.

Let's look at some interesting recipes with pistachios:

  • Creamy soup with pistachios
    . Cook broth from chicken wings (6-8 wings per 1 liter of water). Heat butter (40 grams) in a thick-bottomed saucepan and fry flour (50 grams) in it. Gradually pour in the broth (1 cup), stirring the flour constantly. Add meat, removed from the bone and finely chopped, cook for 15-20 minutes. Then pour in the remaining broth. Beat egg yolks separately (2 pieces), add cream (200 ml) and stir until smooth. Pour the mixture into the soup in a thin stream. Scald pistachios (60 grams) with boiling water, remove the skins from them, and puree them in a blender. Combine pistachios and soup and serve with crispy croutons.
  • Nut butter with shrimp
    . Boil shrimp (500 grams) in slightly salted water. Separate the shells, put them in a saucepan, add a little olive oil and fry, alternately adding finely chopped onion (1 head), carrots (1 piece), celery (1 stalk), parsley (20 grams) and garlic (4 cloves). Pour white wine (100 ml), evaporate it almost completely and pour in water (1 liter), add cloves (1 piece) and a pinch of salt. After 20 minutes, strain the resulting broth and mix a third of it with water (3 liters), bring it to a boil and boil the pasta (500 grams) in it. Meanwhile, heat the butter (1 tablespoon) in a deep frying pan, fry the flour (10 grams) in it, and then gradually add the remaining broth. Simmer over low heat until the sauce thickens. Add boiled pasta, shrimp, finely chopped chili (1 piece), chopped pistachios (50 grams) to the sauce, heat together for a couple of minutes and serve.
  • Chocolate cookies with pistachios
    . Melt dark chocolate (200 grams) in a water bath, add butter (40 grams) to it and mix thoroughly. Beat eggs (2 pieces) with sugar (180 grams) until smooth and light cream. Pour the chocolate into the egg mixture. Chop the pistachios (150 grams) coarsely with a knife and lightly fry, add nuts and flour (60 grams) to the “dough”. Take a large baking dish and pour the dough into it in a thin layer, place in the oven preheated to 180 degrees for half an hour. Cool the cookies and cut them as desired.
  • Cheese and nut ice cream
    . Beat egg yolks (4 pieces) with sugar (100 grams), pour in rum (40 ml) and continue beating. Next, you need to add ricotta (500 grams), ground through a sieve, and the zest of half a lemon. Separately, whip cream 33% (400 ml) into a stiff cream and mix with the total mass. Place the ice cream in the freezer to harden for 2-3 hours. Remove 15 minutes before serving, sprinkle with pistachios (50 grams).

Such a variety of dishes can be prepared with pistachios, and this is just the beginning. If you like culinary experiments with these nuts, you will find a lot of other recipes on the Internet.

How to fry pistachios

You can roast the nuts for about half an hour in the oven or about 3-4 minutes in the microwave . In any case, you need to stock up on a quality product and reject spoiled and moldy samples.

If you prefer an oven, first select a frying pan with a thick bottom. It is ideal for processing kernels in the shell, but for peeled ones you can skip this moment.

Did you know? Europeans prefer to consume pistachios in a very interesting way: they are not salted, but sprinkled with lemon juice and served exclusively with dessert wines and champagne.

When everything is ready, spread the pistachios in a thin layer in a frying pan and place in the oven, first setting the timer to 40-50 degrees. When the contents begin to crack (and this will happen no earlier than after 25 minutes), you can pull it out. To prevent the nuts from burning and baking on one side, it is advisable to stir them periodically.

If the processing process will take place in a microwave oven, be sure to get rid of the shells. Then pour the peeled kernels into a saucepan with boiling water and keep over low heat. After 2-3 minutes, drain the liquid and place in a colander to drain. When the grains are dry, place them in a shallow, flat glass bowl and microwave. 5 minutes will be enough until fully cooked. For lovers of salty foods, it is recommended to boil the nuts in salted water.

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