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Iran's pistachio exports up 94 percent

Source: ISNA

Iran's pistachio exports totaled 168 million dollars in the first three months of Iranian calendar year (started on March 21), jumping by 94 percent comparing to similar period last year.

Iran sold over 20.000 tons of pistachio to 47 countries during the period, the Islamic Republic of Iran's Customs data suggested.

The exports include 2.09 percent of the country's whole exported products with each kilo of the pistachio $8.4.

Iran sold 10.5 thousand tons of pistachio during similar period last year, worth $86.7 million.

The data showed the country's pistachio exports rose by 94.51 percent this year.

The key customers of Iranian pistachio are the UAE, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Turkey, India and Germany.

Pistachio plant

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)

Related Report: Photos: Pistachio Harvesting and Production in Kerman, Iran

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