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boron
07-04-2014, 01:15 PM
Did anyone eat fresh pistachios right after picking from the tree? Is the red fleshy hull edible?

I'm talking about this:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b5/Raw_Pistachios_%284039169419%29.jpg/640px-Raw_Pistachios_%284039169419%29.jpg?uselang=sl

Image from Wikimedia.org

alleycat
07-04-2014, 01:23 PM
I'm no expert, but I don't think they're toxic, so they could be.

But if they are mature the shell should come right off, either shelled by hand or being banged around in a bag of some sort.

boron
07-04-2014, 01:26 PM
I know the hulls can be peeled off easily and I know the fresh seeds are edible. I wonder if the red hulls are edible too?

Because pistachios are actually not nuts, but fruits with seeds. So, like...plums or peaches.

alleycat
07-04-2014, 01:34 PM
They apparently fed the whole things to college students.

http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/846915/best-snack-for-your-diet-in-shell-pistachios

Helix
07-04-2014, 01:36 PM
They apparently fed the whole things to college students.

http://www.sheknows.com/health-and-wellness/articles/846915/best-snack-for-your-diet-in-shell-pistachios


Probably better than Pot Noodles, macaroni cheese and beer.

boron
07-04-2014, 01:44 PM
They gave them shelled or unshelled pistachios, but they all ate only the kernels. But I'm not talking about the hard shells, but about the outermost soft hulls, which you virtually never see in the store, because they are peeled off right after harvesting. You can see them at some open fruit-vegetable markets in India...