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The Unique Pistachio from Aegina

  • Old Testament in Genesis 43:11. 
So their father, Jacob, finally said to them, "If it can't be avoided, then at least do this. Pack your bags with the best products of this land. Take them down to the man as gifts--balm, honey, gum, aromatic resin, pistachio nuts, and almonds".

  • Muslim legend holds that Adam brought the pistachio nut on Earth

Smile, Pistachio !

  • Pistachios are joyful, happy and lucky 

  • In China people refer to them as "happy nuts" while

  • In Iran they are known as "smiling nuts." 

  • Middle Easterners call the pistachio the "smiling pistachio." 

  • In these countries, if you hear the pistachios shells opening on a tree while you are resting beneath it, it is considered good luck. 

Primarily, sexy

The Elixir of Life

To make this life-saving and sexually enhancing elixis, you will need to start with unsalted dry roasted pistachios, about one cup full (and de-shelled) added to an equal amount of natural organic honey.

Buy only the highest quality organic honey. Mix the pistachios and honey together, then put the mixture into a glass jar, filled to the brim and capped tightly.

Now expose the jar to the sun for one week. Naturally the best time to make this mixture is during the summer months. The elixir is ready after one week.

Each morning eat two tablespoons of the elixir with some organic yogurt. Be ready to see your erections react in a very positive and dramatic way..See more Article Source: 

the straight science behind the elixir

Pistachio Nuts for Erectile Dysfunction

Men eating 3 to 4 handfuls of pistachios a day for just 3 weeks experienced both significant improvement in blood flow through the penis and significantly firmer erections. This is not surprising. Remember how antioxidant-rich foods have a Viagra-like effect of boosting nitric oxide production? (The Power of NO) And remember how the citruline in watermelons helped with erection firmness by boosting arginine, (Watermelon as Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction), which is what our body makes nitric oxide out of? Well, pistachios have a bunch of antioxidants and arginine, which may help explain the improvement in blood flow. More by Care2:

 For lovers' unforgettable nights, try this 
Chilli-Ginger Watermelon granita with Pistachio

Chili-Ginger Granita with Watermelon and Pistachio. And the fever goes up...Find the How-to

slimming by satisfying! 

The Pistachio Principle

How many nuts should I eat?

Dietitians recommend a daily portion of 28g, which is about 49 nuts. They contain about 160 calories. Pistachios thus contain fewer calories than many other nuts.

5 Tips and tricks for losing weight

1. Buy pistachios in their shell:  If you split open the nuts yourself, you automatically eat more slowly and more deliberately. 

2. Replace sweets and namkeens with healthy yet satisfying snacks such as pistachios and dried fruit. 

3. Eat off small plates and drink from tall, slim glasses. ( ask for the meze' in Greece)

4. Do light exercise daily and some form of sport at least once a week. ( just walk or swim in Greece)

5. Avoid instant meals and eat freshly cooked food instead (Greek cooking ideal)

The Pistachio Principle
The shells of pistachios have a special benefit – they may slow down consumption.

According to James Painter, PhD, RD, Chair of the School of Family and Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University in the United States, the “Pistachio Principle” is caloric reduction without calorie restriction. Two studies that found that individuals could reduce their overall calorie consumption without consciously restricting their diets.

Pistachios are satisfying

In his first study, individuals self-selected either in-shell or shelled pistachios. Because the shells act as a natural barrier, taking longer to remove, the in-shell group consumed 41% less than the shelled nut group. And yet they reported feeling equally as satisfied as the group consuming more.

Pistachio Shell Offers Visual Cue

In Dr. Painter’s second study, in-shell pistachios were consumed over an 8-hour shift. On the first day the empty shells were left on the desks as a visual “reminder” of consumption and on the second day the shells were removed. Results showed that when the shells were left on the desk as a visual cue subjects consumed 23% fewer calories.

Interestingly, despite the reduction in calories, they reported feeling equally as satisfied as the control group that consumed more calories. By the Pistachiohealth

Plain as the earth 

  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • ½ cup pistachios (roasted and salted)
  • ½ cup dried cherries
  • Mustard Orange Dressing
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon orange juice, fresh squeezed
1 teaspoon dijon mustard
and serve
Spinach Salad with Pistachios print
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Anyway, healthy

The  Pennsylvania State University

In a recent study conducted at the Pennsylvania State University, it was discovered that eating pistachio nuts daily (combined also with a wholesome and low fat diet, resulted in a greatly reduced (bad, or LDL cholesterol) cholesterol level. This means with a lower bad cholesterol level, the arteries remain open and the heart operating properly.

Quoting the lead researcher, Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton, "Our study has shown that pistachios, eaten with a healthy heart diet, may decrease a person's cardiovascular disease risk profile."She went on to say that, "Pistachios are rich in an antioxidant called lutein, usually found in green leafy vegetables and brightly colored fruit.

Present at higher levels in the pistachio than other nuts, lutein helps prevent cholesterol from clogging up arteries"

Even more interesting was the fact the more pistachios the study volunteers ate, the better their test results. GO TO Article Source

boosting  your heart

 Pistachios also contain l-arginine, which can make the lining of your arteries more flexible and make it less likely you will develop blood clots that could cause a heart attack, and vitamin E, which makes it less likely your arteries will become clogged with plaque, notes

Aegina’s pistachio is a P.D.O (Protected Designation of Origin) product.

It is rich in proteins (26,5% to 28,4%),

 oils (52,1% to 53,8%),

sugar ( 5,3% to 6,5%)


and its nutritional value per  100 gr is: 

protein:12 gr, 


fat 29 gr, 

carbohydrates: 8 gr,

 fiber: 2 gr.

Heart Health Study participants who consumed a low-calorie diet with either 10 percent of their total calories or 20 percent of their total calories in the form of pistachios for four weeks lowered their cholesterol more than participants who followed the Step 1 diet for lowering cholesterol, according to a study published in the "American Journal of Clinical Nutrition" in September 2008. 

Tempting, irresistibly !

Nougat de Montélimar with Pistachios, Sliced Almonds and Cranberries Covered in Dark Chocolate  ( TRY THEM GUILT-FREE)  You may not find them exactly as such, but you never know. In Greece, and especially while on Aigine, and also all aover Greece, during "panigiria" local markets that take place on feasts, most of the time religious ones, ask for the nougatinas. You can be veery lucky, let that taste make your day. Forget the sugar calories, stick to the euphoric function of this special nutritional value!!! 

Art de la table, since long

Just nearby, on a different piece of earth, and BACK IN TIME, the pistachio Art de la table, extra specialised by the Sicilians... 

Pistachios on a completely different ground than Greece's temperate climate and fertile land

If you are a reader you might certainly be  familiar with Tomasi di Lampedusa, author of one of the most famous masterpieces of Italian literature, “Il Gattopardo”, The Leopard (1958), set in the Sicily of the 19th Century. In 1963 Luchino Visconti directed the movie inspired by it: here – in one of the many parties in magnificent palaces – you can see a long table with pistachios on it.

Back to today’s Sicily, it can certainly be said that the cultivation of pistachios in Bronte is heroic: the territory where pistachio grows, in fact, it’s called “sciara”, from the Arabic term indicating “sterile, untamed, infertile ground”.

Contrary to the sunny Aegena island weather, which is on the South of Greece, in Sicily  pistachio grows between lava and stones , on an impervious ground that has a very restricted space where it is almost impossible to cultivate any other species.

from the excellent article of Sicilian pistachios Bronte pistachios, by the Swide

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