Iran exported $954 million of pistachio in the first eight months of the current Iranian calendar year, which began on March 21, a 67 percent rise compared to the same period last year, the Fars news agency reported on Monday.
Iran exported $5.2 billion of food and agricultural products and imported $13.2 billion of the products in the previous Iranian calendar year, which ended on March 20, 2014, according to the Iranian Customs Administration statistics.
Food and agricultural trade accounted for 20.2 percent of the country's total non-oil trade in the past Iranian calendar year.
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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