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Iran Holds a 50% Share in World Pistachio Market

Source: Moj News

A Report on Global Pistachio Market in 2010


Iran's share in the global pistachio market reached 50 percent in 2010, Agricultural Census Bureau at US Department of Agriculture reported.

According to the report, Iran exported 160,000 tons of its pistachio in 2010 accounting for 50 percent of global pistachio market.

Iran's total pistachio output in 2010 reached 210,000 tons increasing 25,000 tons over 2008, the report read.

In 2008, Iran's pistachio output dealt with a 33% decrease due to drought standing at 90,000 tons. While in 2009 the output increased to 185,000 tons.

U.S pistachio output in 2010 reached 236,000 tons showing remarkable growth over 161,000 tons in 2009, according to the report.

In 2010, the total pistachio output in the world reached 632,000 tons of which Iran accounts for 33%.

Turkey with 110,000 tons, Syria with 65,000 tons and EU with 10,000 tons are among other major pistachio producers.

According to the report, Iran has been ranked first in terms of pistachio exports in 2010, the report said adding that Iran's pistachio exports in the same year reached 160,000 tons increasing 31,000 tons over 2009.

After Iran, the US with 150,000 tons, Syria with 10,000 tons, EU with 1,600 tons and Turkey with 1000 tons are ranked second to fifth biggest pistachio exporters in the world.

Global pistachio exports totally reached 322,000 tons of which Iran's share stood at 505, the report read.

EU with 80,000 tons, China with 55,000 tons and Hong Kong with 50,000 tons were major pistachio importers in 2010.

The Pistachio Tree
The pistachio, Pistacia vera in the Anacardiaceae family, is a small tree native to regions of Syria, Iran, Turkey, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Pakistan, India and possibly Afghanistan (especially in the provinces of Samangan and Badghis). The tree produces an important culinary nut.

The Pistachio Principle
In December 2008, Dr. James Painter, a behavioral eating expert professor and chair of School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University, described the Pistachio Principle. The Pistachio Principle describes methods of "fooling" one's body into eating less. One example used is that the act of de-shelling and eating pistachios one by one slows one's consumption allowing one to feel full faster after having eaten less.[16]

Nuts About Pistachio!
The Chinese are the top pistachio consumers worldwide with annual consumption of 80,000 tons, while Americans consume 45,000 tons. Russians (with consumption of 15,000 tons) and Indians (with consumption of 10,000 tons) are in the third and fourth places.

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