What is the distinctive feature of Bronte Pistachio? The intense gentle sweet flavor and grassy aroma that comes from the mineral rich volcanic soil. In fact, the town of Bronte is situated in Province of Catania, on the Southwest slope of Etna Volcano in Sicily.
1. As it is proven by the first written evidence, in the mid-fourteenth century, Arabs imported pistachio in Sicily. First, only in the Agrigento and Caltanissetta areas and then in Bronte.The dialect word “frastuca” (used in Sicily) stems from the Arab word “fustuaq” that means pistachio.This species of pistachio has a strong emerald color, this is why it's defined the GREEN GOLD of Sicily.
2. Every two years from the end of August until the beginning of September pistachios are harvested. The cultivation in this area is a slow and lengthy process which requires much dedication and hard work. For 30 days, villages are deserted as young and old people go in the holdings, shaking the branches, collecting up the precious fruit & lovingly allowing them to dry.
3. Pistachios are considered to be a complete energy cocktail. In traditional medicine is common practice to use the infusion of the bark as a refreshing drink and in they are considered even an aphrodisiac fruit.
4. Pistachio contains calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, vitamins, amino acids and only 600 calories every 100gr. This makes pistachio a really healthy food.
5. In Sicily, pistachio production is limited. This makes pistachios a prized specialty. According to tradition, this pistachio variety is especially used for sweet products like ice cream, cream spread or biscuits.
It is used also for salty recipes like salty pistachio pesto on pasta.
If you are curious to try a delicious spreadable Pistachio cream from Sicily, you can find the amazing Pistachio cream spread by Trimarchi di Villa Marchese HERE >>.
These are just 5 of the things to know about Pistachio. Please, let us know in the comments below your favorite way to eat pistachios or some curiosity that we did not mention!