Legend has it that the Queen of Sheba decreed pistachios an exclusively royal food, going so far as to forbid commoners from growing the nut for personal use.
Nebuchadnezzar, the ancient king of Babylon, had pistachio trees planted in his fabled hanging gardens.
It is said that humans were enjoying them as early as 7,000 B.C I imagine a good few people will be eating a bowl of nuts this Christmas 2010 AD , its one of the traditional snack foods for the season.
Chris loves pistachios, its a favourite snack, so I have not seen too many of these for review.
As he munched them he actually did use the word "Wonderful"
The salt and pepper give a real new take on the creamy mildness.
Oh and I also found out that the shells come in handy to deter slugs, I found this on the fun facts on the pistachio website.
With the salt on these I can guarantee they will deter them even more.
Pistachio fans looking for a twist on this classic snack should look no further, as Wonderful Pistachios reveal an exciting new addition to their range in the UK. The new Salt & Pepper flavour adds a perfect touch of spice to an already mouth-watering snack.
The crack of black pepper gives a subtle spicy kick, making these nutritious nuts delightfully addictive and the sleek, sophisticated green and black packaging make Wonderful Pistachios Salt & Pepper easy to find.
Dubbed the “skinny nut” by nutrition experts, a handful of pistachios offers a deliciously satisfying snack for about 100 calories. Whether enjoying them with friends at a party, at home or as a snack at work they are a great, cholesterol free snacking choice that helps keep hearts healthy.
California pistachios are the most nutrient dense of all nuts, and have more antioxidant power than any other snack nut. Rich in eight essential nutrients and polyphenol antioxidants, pistachios are a superfood known to be highly beneficial for optimum health, particularly heart health.
Pistachios can even aid weight management, with nut consumption proven to be associated with a lower body mass index. Containing only 3-4 calories per nut, pistachios also contain essential fibres to aid the digestive system, managing cholesterol and lowering blood sugar levels.
Available in Tesco stores, check out http://www.pistachiohealth.co.uk/ for more information and recipe ideas