Among the possible health benefits of pistachios:
- High levels of unsaturated fatty acids and potassium. ...
- They can lower your chances for cardiovascular disease.
- Pistachios are bursting with the fiber, minerals, and unsaturated fat that can help keep your blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol in check.
- Vitamin B6.
How to Prepare and Eat Pistachios
Pistachios can sometimes be tricky to eat since they have a tough shell. If there’s a crack in the shell, you can use the shell of another pistachio to pry it open. If there isn’t a crack, you can place the nuts on a cutting board, cover them with a towel, and hit them just hard enough so the shells open.
Pistachios will stay fresh (shelled or in shell) for up to a year in a refrigerator or for up to 3 years in the freezer.
You can enjoy them raw, on their own, and in things like:
- Ice cream or gelato
- Baklava (a sweet pastry)
- Nut butter
- Turkish delight