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Pistachios

“From Arid Soil to Rich Flavors: Santorini’s Pistachio, a Taste of Timeless Excellence.”
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Santorini Pistachio

“From Arid Soil to Rich Flavors: Santorini’s Pistachio, a Taste of Timeless Excellence”

The Santorini pistachio was a forgotten treasure before we revived its production and added it to the island’s product list in 2006.

Our facilities are situated on a farm abundant with pistachio trees, which were planted from seeds in 1966 and have flourished in arid conditions.

After picking the pistachios undergo a thorough sun-drying process. Spread out under the warm Aegean sun, the pistachios dry naturally, allowing their flavors to deepen and their texture to perfect. This traditional method ensures that the pistachios maintain their rich taste and vibrant color.

What Pistachios Offers

Characteristics

Facts about pistachio trees:

Botanical Name: Pistachio trees belong to the genus Pistacia and are primarily cultivated for their edible seeds, which are commonly known as pistachio nuts.

Longevity: Pistachio trees are long-lived, with some specimens living for several centuries under optimal growing conditions.

Leaves: The leaves of the pistachio tree are pinnate, with each leaf typically containing between 5 to 9 leaflets.

Sexual Dimorphism: Pistachio trees are dioecious, meaning individual trees are either male or female. Only female trees produce the edible pistachio nuts, while male trees produce pollen.

Cultivation: Pistachio trees thrive in arid and semi-arid climates and are cultivated in regions with hot summers and cool winters. They are well adapted to drought conditions and can tolerate high temperatures.

Harvesting: Pistachio nuts are harvested once they reach maturity, usually in late summer or early fall. The nuts grow in clusters, encased in a fleshy hull that splits open when ripe.

Nutrition: Pistachio nuts are a nutritious snack, rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins, and minerals. They are known for their distinct green color and sweet, nutty flavor.

Cultural Significance: Pistachio nuts have been consumed by humans for thousands of years and are prized for their taste and nutritional value. They are used in various culinary dishes, desserts, and snacks around the world.

The Santorini Pistachio Tree Story

Pistachio Chronicles

“From Arid Soil to Rich Flavors: Santorini’s Pistachio, a Taste of Timeless Excellence.”
My namesake, Petros Nomikos (the founder of the Santorini Conference Center in Fira), brought the pistachio trees to Santorini in an effort to expand the island’s cultivation. The pistachio tree thrives in arid soil, and indeed, it flourished. Initially, he would give them away, and no one would take them. When he started selling them, then some people took them. My father didn’t have the money to buy trees, so the pistachio trees you see here on the estate were planted from seeds.