A Turkish pistachio is a variety of the pistachio nut, originating in Turkey and cultivated there and in other regions of the world.
Turkey is a major producer of pistachios, ranking third in worldwide production after Iran and the United States. The Turkish pistachio nut is slightly smaller than other varieties but has superior flavor.
As it is native to regions that have some of the oldest and longest histories of agriculture, the Turkish pistachio has been cultivated for thousands of years.
The pistachios grown in the United States produce slightly larger nuts. A Turkish pistachio also tends to be a little harder to open than other varieties because the shell.
The flavor of the Turkish pistachio is widely regarded as being superior to other varieties and are significantly more expensive than the larger varieties grown in the United States.
It is the sweetest and most robustly flavored of all pistachio varieties, a characteristic which is enhanced by roasting. This makes the Turkish pistachio particularly well suited to all kinds of culinary uses, especially desserts and pistachio butter, a product much like peanut butter.
Like all pistachios, the Turkish pistachio is considered to be a very healthy food, with no cholesterol, high protein content, and no saturated fats.