Source: Tehran Times
Iran exported 61 million tons of pistachios, worth $492 million, in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 20, the Mehr news Agency reported.
The exports showed 0.89 percent fall in value and 11 percent fall in weight compared to the same period in the previous year.
Pistachio exports accounted for two percent of Iran's total exports in the mentioned period.
Iran's income from pistachio exports currently stands at 1.6 billion dollars annually.
Iran is the world's largest pistachio producer and exporter, accounting for about 56 percent of world production and about 70 percent of world exports.
Photos: Pistachio Harvesting and Production in Kerman, Iran
The head of the association of Iranian pistachio farmers, Mohsen Jalalpour, said on August 14 that 200,000 tons of pistachio is anticipated to be harvested in the current year.
The last year's output amounted to 160,000 tons, he said, adding that 10-15 percent of the output is supplied to the domestic market.
Last year, 100,000 tons of pistachio was exported, he noted.
About Pistachio: 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)
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