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Pistacia vera is native to Asia and the Middle East where it was first cultivated. Archeologists believe that the tree was being used for food as early as 7000 B.C. in Turkey. As the popularity of the plant grew, the tree was introduced to Mediterranean countries such as Greece and Italy. The pistachio tree was introduced to the United States in 1854 and it was first successfully grown in California. Today the true pistachio can be found in the following regions: Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, India, Asia, Spain, Greece, Italy, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Israel, California and Australia.  

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Young Pistacia vera in dry, tropical climate 


Physical Description

Since the pistachio plant may have two trunks and it may grow bushy and broad, it usually grows in an open habitat. Under optimal conditions the pistachio tree maFrom wikipedia.orgy live and reproduce for hundreds of years. Pistachios are flowering trees that have brownish green flowers without pedals. When the time is right, usually at the start of summer, the flowers produce fruit. The fruit grows in clusters that are parallel to grapes. This fruit has become known as a nut but it is actually a drupe which is simply the edible part of a seed. This fruit is usually red or green in color and is enclosed in a tough shell. The greener the nut is, the  better it is suppose to taste.                                                                                                

Pistachio tree beginning to droop and form fruit



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