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How do I get pistachio nuts out of their shell?

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Pistachios can sometimes be tricky to eat since they have a tough shell. If there's a tiny crack in the shell, you can use the shell of another pistachio to pry it open. If there isn't a crack to open the shell with, you can place the nuts on a cutting board, cover them with a towel, and hit them just hard enough so the shells open.

From: Health Benefits of Pistachios WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Pistachio Growers: “History -- Pistachio Origins,” “2018-2019 Member Processors/Suppliers,” “The Power of Pistachios.”

California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.: “PISTACHIO.”

Pistachio Health Institute: “Frequently Asked Questions,” “Nutritional Benefits in a Nutshell.” United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service: “Basic Report: 12151, Nuts, pistachio nuts, raw.”

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Effects of pistachios on cardiovascular disease risk factors and potentials mechanisms of action: a dose-response study.”

Natural Product Research: “Health benefits of pistachios consumption.”

British Journal of Nutrition: “Effects of almond and pistachio consumption on gut microbiota composition in a randomized cross-over human feeding study.”

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources: “Nuts: Safe Methods for Consumers to Handle, Store, and Enjoy.”

Tufts Medical Center: “Fructan Intolerance.”

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School: “Diabetes? Go nuts to lower your heart risk.”

Harvard T.H. Chan, School of Public Health: “Salt and Sodium.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on August 04, 2019

SOURCES:

American Pistachio Growers: “History -- Pistachio Origins,” “2018-2019 Member Processors/Suppliers,” “The Power of Pistachios.”

California Rare Fruit Growers, Inc.: “PISTACHIO.”

Pistachio Health Institute: “Frequently Asked Questions,” “Nutritional Benefits in a Nutshell.” United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service: “Basic Report: 12151, Nuts, pistachio nuts, raw.”

The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Effects of pistachios on cardiovascular disease risk factors and potentials mechanisms of action: a dose-response study.”

Natural Product Research: “Health benefits of pistachios consumption.”

British Journal of Nutrition: “Effects of almond and pistachio consumption on gut microbiota composition in a randomized cross-over human feeding study.”

University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources: “Nuts: Safe Methods for Consumers to Handle, Store, and Enjoy.”

Tufts Medical Center: “Fructan Intolerance.”

Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School: “Diabetes? Go nuts to lower your heart risk.”

Harvard T.H. Chan, School of Public Health: “Salt and Sodium.”

Reviewed by Christine Mikstas on August 04, 2019

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