pis·​ta·​chio | \ pə-ˈsta-sh(ē-ˌ)ō How to pronounce pistachio (audio) , -ˈstä- How to pronounce pistachio (audio) \
plural pistachios

Definition of pistachio

: a small Asian tree (Pistacia vera) of the cashew family whose drupaceous fruit contains a greenish edible seed also : its seed

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Roughly chop the last of the pistachios and sprinkle one the pasta. Skye Mcalpine, Vogue, "Pistachio Pesto and Almond Granita: Skye McAlpine Discovers the Tastes of the Aeolian Islands," 23 Aug. 2018 Their San Joaquin Valley districts grow about 99 percent of U.S. pistachios. William Lajeunesse, Fox News, "California farmers say China’s new tariffs couple cripple industry," 6 Aug. 2018 Or blend it with tahini, honey, orange zest and toasted pistachios. Tia Keenan, WSJ, "The Cheese You Need Right Now," 7 Sep. 2018 The shop, to open around May 15, is to offer about 24 gelato flavors with ingredients from Italy, including pistachios from Bronte, a little town in Sicily, and hazelnuts from the Piedmont region. Rosalie R. Radomsky, New York Times, "Recent Commercial Real Estate Transactions," 10 Apr. 2018 But, Balika’s beet salad ($12), tossed with curly, buttery Lolla Rossa lettuce and sprinkled with winey toasted pistachios, redeems the form. Michael Nagrant, RedEye Chicago, "Petit Margeaux puts local, modern spin on classic French café fare," 13 Sep. 2017 California growers, especially of almonds and pistachios, would face the loss of $890 million in imports. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Trump's trade war won't achieve what he wants, but it will hurt American workers and consumers," 5 Apr. 2018 Marosi said the full effect of the new tariff on pistachios won't be fully known until the new crop ships in October. William Lajeunesse, Fox News, "California farmers say China’s new tariffs couple cripple industry," 6 Aug. 2018 Honey baklava is shaped in logs rather than triangles and filled with tahini, honey, carob syrup, and pistachios. Ann Trieger Kurland, BostonGlobe.com, "She’s on a tahini mission," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of pistachio

1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pistachio

Italian pistacchio, from Latin pistacium pistachio nut, from Greek pistakion, from pistakē pistachio tree, of Iranian origin; akin to Persian pistah pistachio tree

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English Language Learners Definition of pistachio

: a small green nut


pis·​ta·​chio | \ pə-ˈsta-shē-ˌō How to pronounce pistachio (audio) \
plural pistachios

Kids Definition of pistachio

: the greenish edible seed of a small Asian tree

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