Pistachios are full of all kinds of goodness beneath their shells. Pistachios are usually enjoyed as a snack. Crushed pistachios can be used as a paste and added in many recipes. You can use them combined with strawberries on top of ice cream. Sweeten pistachios by sautéing them with butter and browned sugar until they are glazed, then put them over fresh, sliced fruit for dessert. Pistachios are widely used in Middle Eastern, Indian and Italian dishes such as pulaos, poultry sauces, stuffing, cakes, ice cream, pastries, puddings and confectionery.
Thanks to their high nutritional value and long storage life, pistachios are an ideal snack to have in your pantry. They are filled with essential nutrients and have a number of health benefits, helping you to control your body weight and lowering your risk for heart problems. Pistachios can help keep the heart healthy and help fight cell damage caused by free radicals in your body. Most of the fat in pistachios is the healthy unsaturated type. Snacking on pistachios may help lower your cholesterol.