Everyone is crazy about the Bronte pistachio : there is no typical Sicilian product that can compete with it. But why is pistachio so sought after (despite the price ) and where to buy it (even taking advantage of online sales ) to be on the safe side? From history to characteristics passing through its properties, let's find out more about the green gold , alias his majesty the Bronte PDO pistachio.
The history of the Bronte pistachio
The pistachio tree is very old, it is believed that it was already cultivated by the Jews. It arrived in Sicily, however, probably from Turkey and Persia, through the exchanges favored by the Mediterranean. Once he arrived on the island he found fertile ground near Bronte , on the slopes of Etna, today the plant's natural habitat.
What are the characteristics of the Bronte pistachio?
Since 2009, the Bronte pistachio has been a product with a protected designation of origin . But to be such, it must possess some peculiar characteristics , starting with the colour , which is intense green thanks to the higher chlorophyll content compared to the other species. Even the shape is easily recognizable (it is slightly elongated) and its flavor is clear and decisive thanks to the characteristics of the soil in which it grows.
Pistachio properties and nutritional values
Like all dried fruit , pistachio also boasts important properties and nutritional values. It is, for example, rich in fiber and cholesterol-free. Many of the fats from which it is composed are "good". It also contains vitamin E and mineral salts such as potassium. Pistachio contains 566 calories per 100 grams. The recommended daily portion is 30 grams.
Price of the Bronte pistachio, a must
The high price of the Bronte pistachio is due to the cost of labour. The fruits, in fact, are harvested and selected by hand, favoring those that are slightly open. Furthermore, it is the great demand compared to the ever less abundant supply that "justifies" its value, together with the collection in alternate years. The price per kg 2020 of pistachio is around 70 euros.
Bronte pistachio: where to buy it?
Fortunately, the online sale of green pistachio from Bronte Dop is quite facilitated by the presence of specialized sites and e-commerce. On Sicilyaddict you can find it in various forms (also as a spreadable pistachio cream , so to speak; as a pistachio pesto , for terrific first courses or, again, as a grain , to embellish cannoli and cakes). Don't forget that the best sweet and savory combinations with pistachio give great satisfaction. We warned you...