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April 18, 2001

Ask a Silly Question



Why are some pistachio shells red and do the shells open naturally?


The hard shell often opens as the nut matures on the tree. When they don't open naturally, they can be split artificially.

Pistachios grown in the Middle East were left in their reddish husks and brined before roasting so the shells were pink. U.S. processors imitated the color by dying the shells red. Some U.S. processors say the red hides blemishes on the shells and helps market the nuts because they're more noticeable.

Source: Zenobia Company's Web site at www.zenobianut.com.

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