What makes you smile? Much of the world smiles for pistachios. In China, pistachios are called “happy nuts.” In Iran, they’re actually called “smiling nuts.” These grinning green seeds make us smile, too, and that’s why we’re offering Trader Joe’s Salt & Pepper Pistachios.
Approximately 98% of U.S. pistachios are grown in California, including ours, which come from the San Joaquin Valley. The saltiness comes from sea salt. The pepperiness comes from Malabar Black Pepper that is sourced from the Malabar hills of Southern India. This exotic peppercorn is noted for its robust flavor with fragrant notes of pine and citrus and a sharp heat.
The shells have a unique, brown-speckled appearance. Aside from the heat and salt, these nuts have an earthy flavor and aroma. Try shelling the pistachios and baking them into our Reduced Guilt Brownies. Or, shell and crush the nuts to make a crust for pan-fried tilapia or halibut. Eat them out of hand and cool the slow burn with Josephsbrau Prost (in stores now!) or another favorite ale.
The so-called “grin” on each pistachio is the result of dehiscence, which the natural process by which the shell on a mature fruit splits partway open. With this split comes an audible “pop” that is said to bring good luck to whomever is around to hear it. Since our Salt and Pepper Pistachios are already harvested, it’s simply too late for you to hear that pop. But, keep smiling—you can still feel lucky that our 13-ounce package of these premium, peppery pistachios is only $7.49. You don’t have to be nuts for this to make you smile!