NAME: Pistachio Tree
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Pistacia Vera
COLOR: Red Flowers / Yellow - Red Pistachios
PLANT SEEDS: Fall sow seeds or cold stratify
BLOOM TIME: Spring
HARDINESS ZONE: 7 - 11
PLANT HEIGHT: 20 - 30'
PLANT SPACING: 20'
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Sun
SOIL & WATER PREFERENCES: Average - Dry
QUANTITY: 5 Seeds
OTHER: The Pistachio Tree is the source of the incredibly popular edible Pistachio Nut. Pistacia Vera is native to parts of Asia & the Middle East, but is now grown commercially in many parts of the world. The trees are slow growing, & typically only reach 20' at most in cultivation. This desert plant tolerates drought well, & enjoys hot sunny conditions.
The beautiful spring flower clusters turn to showy clusters of fruit. The hard shelled seeds of the fruit are pistachios, & they can be eaten raw or cooked. Add them to salads, in soups & stir fries, with fish or poultry dishes, countless deserts, or as an ice cream topping :)
From Wikipedia: The seed, commonly thought of as a nut, is a culinary nut, not a botanical nut. The fruit has a hard, creamish exterior shell. The seed has a mauvish skin and light green flesh, with a distinctive flavor. When the fruit ripens, the shell changes from green to an autumnal yellow/red, and abruptly splits part way open.
So, the nuts naturally open when they are mature, & this is when they should be harvested. The plants are dioecious, so both male & female plants are needed for pollination. The trees are very showy with beautiful red buds & flowers, as well as the many color changing fruit that has lovely shades. Wildlife will enjoy eating the pistachios too if you are kind enough to leave some for them :)
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Dec 27, 2020
Dec 8, 2020
I am glad to get the seed, I am cold treating the seed. Can not wait to plant.
Oct 27, 2020
Oct 12, 2020
Great. Seeds look good . Just what I expected
Oct 8, 2020
Germinating them in a moist paper towel in a bag until they sprout wish me luck