Pistachios used to come mainly from Iran, where they originated. The red was to hide blemishes that made the nuts look unappealing. When California’s pistachio industry took off we improved harvesting and processing, eliminating blemishes and producing the beautiful nuts we enjoy today. Like these my client gave me this morning.

I can’t take pictures in the plant due to proprietary equipment, but here are a few photos from the trip.

Harvest trucks

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Silos to be filled with product

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There are immature nuts on these trees. Harvest is in Septwmber
This corn will feed dairy cows

Enjoy pistachios!