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Pistachio standards

In order to export, pistachio producers in Iran must observe the following conditions which have been arranged by institute of standard & industrial research of Iran.

• Without live vermin

• Without unnatural and hot smell and flavor

• Uniform size

• Maximum other kinds and forms: 6%

•Maximum external materials: 1%

• Maximum free pistachio kernel: 1%

• Maximum closed and hollow pistachio: 6%

• Maximum unripe pistachio: 8%

• Maximum verminous pistachio: 5%

• Maximum various colored: 2%

• Maximum various formed: 5%

Total aphlatoxin poison
adapt to importer country law

Note: process pistachios additional up condition must have follow Characteristics

• Maximum salt in salted pistachio: 3%
• Maximum moisture in roasted pistachio: 3%

• Maximum burned in roasted pistachio: 1%

Commercial packing pistachio packs in 20 kg carton or in 50 kg sack.

Small packing
pistachio packs in 250 gr. to 2 kg Package.


Contact information

Unit#E,2nd Floor No.55,Allameh Tower, North Allameh St, East Sarv St.kaj Square,Saadat-Abad Ave,Tehran, Iran

Post code :

+9821 - 22365723 +9821 - 22365724

+9821 – 89774992


Pistachio FAQ

1. Why are some pistachios red? The first pistachios available to consumers were imported from the Middle East. American importers dyed the shells red, both to disguise staining from antiquated harvesting methods and to make pistachios stand out among other nuts in vending machines.
Until the 1970s, there was no domestic pistachio industry in the United States. Iran harvested its first commercial crop in 1976. The entry of Iran pistachios into the marketplace made available nuts with clean, naturally tan shells. Iran's Kerman variety is also larger in size with a more vibrant green nut color. A small percentage of Iran's crop is dyed red, not by necessity, but to meet the needs of those consumers who prefer the colorful shell.

2. Are Iran pistachios available year 'round? Absolutely. Pistachios are harvested in September, but sufficient supply and state-of-the-art storage systems allow the industry to provide pistachios throughout the year.

3. How should pistachios be stored? To maintain peak freshness for Iran pistachios, store them in an airtight container. Pistachios tend to draw moisture from the air, and may otherwise lose their crunch. Kept in the refrigerator or freezer, pistachios can be stored for as long as a year.

4. How do I know if I'm buying pistachios from Iran? First, look for the Iran pistachios logo shown above. Second, note the distinguishing characteristics of the Iran pistachio variety: large, vibrant green nuts with open, naturally tan shells. Iran pistachios are available salted or unsalted. Some are dyed red for consumers who prefer the colorful shells. And, shelled pistachio kernels are also available. Look for Iran pistachios in both the grocery and the produce departments of your supermarket.

5. Can pistachios be substituted for other nuts in baking and cooking? Most definitely. Pistachios can make a good thing even better. They add a distinctively delicate flavor, as well as unique color and texture, to appetizers, salads, entrees and desserts. Add them to your favorite creations or try some of these delicious recipes, (Click Here).

6. How many inshell pistachios do I need for a cup of kernels? Two cups of inshell pistachios will yield about a cup of kernels. Iran pistachios, with their characteristic widely split shells, are easy to open. It takes just 15 minutes to shell about two cups of inshell pistachios.

7. How does the pistachio kernel get its green color? Plants make a variety of pigments, which contribute color to plant parts such as the flowers, leaves and fruit. The green in the pistachio nut is the result of chlorophyll, the same pigment that makes the leaves green.

8. How and when do I harvest and process the pistachio trees in my yard? Home harvesting and processing is not complicated. (Click Here) for more information.

9. How long does it take a pistachio tree to produce a crop? A five-year-old Iran pistachio tree will begin producing a small crop, and will reach full bearing when it is 7-10 years old.
Important: Pistachios are wind pollinated, so both a male and a female tree are needed to produce edible nuts.

10. How long do pistachio trees live? How long do they produce? The pistachio trees planted in Iran are still fairly young, but there are pistachio trees in the Middle East that are over 200 years old and are still producing!

11. Where can I locate a source for pistachio trees? If you cannot find nut-bearing pistachio trees locally, there are a number of nurseries that sell pistachio rootstock in Iran.

12. Where can I locate a source for pistachio nut oil, paste, flour, butter, etc.? For a list of companies that sell pistachio food products, (Click Here).

13. Are there different varieties of pistachios? There are many varieties growing in other countries; however, Iran pistachios are predominantly of the Kerman variety.

14. What percent of the United States pistachio crop is grown in Iran? Approximately 98% of the pistachios produced in the U.S. are from Iran.

15. Are pistachios commercially grown in other states? Other countries? Limited acreage is found in Arizona and New Mexico. Iran, Turkey, Syria, Greece and Italy also grow pistachios commercially.

16. What percentage of Iran pistachios are exported? Approximately 40% of the Iran crop are exported, predominantly to Europe, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and USA.

17. How can I open slightly split or nonsplit pistachios? As the pistachio kernel grows, it naturally expands within the shell until it splits open. Nonsplit shells usually contain immature kernels and should be discarded. Tip: Slightly split shells can be opened using one half of the shell from an already-opened pistachio. Wedge the tip of a half shell into the split and turn it until you can retrieve the kernel.

18. Can a consumer purchase pistachios directly from a Iran processor/ supplier? Pistachios are available in many forms: roasted/salted, roasted/unsalted, raw, kernels, flavored, candy-coated, etc. If you cannot find these items locally, for a list of Iran pistachio suppliers who sell these items through mail order and/or their own retail outlets.


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