The fruit is a drupe, containing an elongated seed, which is the edible portion. The seed, commonly thought of as a nut, is a culinary nut, not a botanical nut. Pistachios have more antioxidant power per 100 grams than blueberries, blackberries, garlic, and pomegranate juice.
It also contains, Vitamin B6, Copper, Thiamin, Phosphorous, manganese, no cholesterol, no trans fat and less than 2 grams of fat. It has 6 grams of protein, which is the same as 28.3 grams of soy-beans and as much potassium as 1/2 a large banana! Pistachios also have ‘Good’ fat, consisting of, 7 grams of monounsaturated and 4 grams of polyunsaturated fats, that are considered heart healthy!
Lutein, an antioxidant found in green and yellow vegetables, is also found in pistachios. This antioxidant has been widely studied and shown to support eye health. Pistachios have more lutein in them than any other nut. They have Phytosterols which may decrease the risk of heart disease and contain more dietary fibre (3 grams) than 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli.
Nutritional Information (per 100g):
Fat Total: 47.6g
Fat Saturated: 5.4g
Carbohydrates Total: 21.7