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 4, 2019
Fast shipping, great packaging, more seeds than I thought I was receiving, seeds look good and extra mix seeds for the bees! Love it. Thank you seedvilleusa and keep supporting the bees!!
Nov 12, 2019
Seeds did not arrive. They departed Auckland,New Zealand, & "Foreign Receipt" on the same day, which means nothing to me. I sent 2 emails,with no reply given. This is the first time that I have an overseas order via internet not arrive. I will NEVER order through Etsy again.
Jul 31, 2019
Shipped quickly. Ordered 4 packets. One of the packets contained all shriveled, undersized seeds. I soaked the seeds according to the directions. Nine of the twenty seeds floated, which healthy seeds should not do. At the end of the soaking period, four of the seeds had turned to mush. Poor quality
Feb 23, 2019
the shipping was fast and everything looks good & thank you for the gift.
Oct 17, 2018
Came in good time with clean, neat packaging and instructions for each specific seed type’s needs, really pleased!