February 26th Marks World Pistachio Day

By Paramount Farms, PRNE
Tuesday, February 22, 2011

LONDON, February 23, 2011 - February 26th is World Pistachio Day, so why not take a moment to reflect
on this amazing little nut? Did you know, for example, that pistachios
contain just three calories per nut, as well as more than 30 different
vitamins and minerals? There is also evidence that humans were tucking into
delicious pistachios as early as 7,000 BC.

Today the whole world is nuts about pistachios and nearly half of
California's 400 million pound annual crop of pistachios is exported.
Israelis are the biggest fans of the nut with 7 million snackers consuming 9
million pounds of pistachios, making it the leader per capita for pistachio

In many cultures the pistachio also has great symbolic significance. In
China, it is known as the "Happy Nut" because it looks like it is smiling and
pistachios are also given as a gift for good fortune at Chinese New Year.
Whilst Russian legend also notes that anyone who hears the crackle of an
opening pistachio nut will soon find success.

With World Pistachio Day on the February 26th, there is no better time to
tuck into a bag of delicious Wonderful Pistachios, which are now also
available in Salt & Pepper flavour from Tesco (RRP GBP2.49).

Notes to editor

About Wonderful(R) Pistachios

The Wonderful Pistachios brand features upscale, premium packaging and a
bold contemporary look, appealing to a sophisticates, health-conscious
consumer. Wonderful Pistachios are grown in the San Joaquin Valley, the
agricultural heartland of California. Grown, processed and packaged by
Paramount Farms, Wonderful Pistachios are available at retail outlets and
grocery stress around the world, in a variety of sizes and flavors. For more
information about Wonderful Pistachios visit
www.facebook.com/wonderfulpistachios and

About PistachioHealth.Com

For more information about the health benefits of pistachios, visit
www.pistachiohealth.com, the leading online source of information on
the health and nutrition benefits of California pistachios. The site serves
as a resource for both consumers and health professionals. The site is
available in 12 languages and is the global resource for all things pistachio

If you are interested in receiving more pistachio facts, nutritional
information, imagery or samples please contact Laura Bryant or Olivia Wray on
+44(0)118-920-7675 laura at escapadepr.com or Olivia at escapadepr.com

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