Photos by Hamid Sadeghi, Mehr News Agency
With the start of autumn season, harvesting of the pistachio crops has commenced in Iran's Kerman province.
The pistachio is a small tree originally from Persia (Iran), which now can also be found in to regions of Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, India, Pakistan, Egypt, Sicily and possibly Afghanistan (especially in the provinces of Samangan and Badghis). The tree produces an important culinary nut...
Health Benefits: In research at Pennsylvania State University, pistachios in particular significantly reduced levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol) while increasing antioxidant levels in the serum of volunteers. In rats, consumption of pistachios as 20% of daily caloric intake increased beneficial high-density lipoprotein (HDL cholesterol) without lowering LDL cholesterol, and while reducing LDL oxidation...
History: Pistachios have been a part of the human diet at least since the late paleolithic. The modern pistachio nut P. vera was first cultivated in Western Asia, where it has long been an important crop in cooler parts of Iran... (read more on wikipedia)
Kerman Province, Iran
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