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Pistachios

One of the oldest flowering nuts to be eaten by kings, queens, travelers and common folks was the “Pistachio,” “the power punch nut” was imported to the United States in the 1880’s.

By the 1960s, with careful research and commercial cultivation of pistachios, the producing of the Power Nut had expanded into the state’s Central Valley. Today, California is the second largest producer of pistachios worldwide with California’s pistachios recognized as the finest in the world.

Pistachio Sizing

Inshell Pistachios

Size Description (average number of inshell nuts per ounce, before roasting)

  • Colossal: Less than 18 whole nuts per ounce
  • Extra large: Average count of 18 - 20 whole nuts per ounce
  • Large: Average count of 21 - 25 whole nuts per ounce
  • Medium: Average count of 26 - 30 whole nuts per ounce
  • Small: More than 30 whole nuts per ounce

 

 

 

 

Pistachio Grades

Inshell Pistachio Grades:

  • U.S Fancy
  • U.S. Extra No. 1
  • U.S. No. 1
  • U.S. Select
  • U.S. Artificially Opened
  • U.S. Non-split

Whole Kernel Grades:

  • U.S. Fancy
  • U.S. Extra No. 1
  • U.S. No. 1

 Packaged In
Pallet Weight
1 X 40 Foot Container
1 X 20 Foot Container
25 lb. Cartons

80 cartons per pallet

2,000 lbs. net weight

1,680 cartons
1,140 cartons
50 lb. Bags

40 bags per pallet

2,000 lbs. net weight

880 bags
600 bags
2,000 lb. Tote Bags

1 bag per pallet

2,000 lbs. net weight

22 bags
10 or 12 bags

**25 pound bulk cartons—Roasted and Salted/Unsalted Inshell, or Raw Kernels

**50 pound bulk poly bags—Raw Inshell

**2000 pound tote poly bags—Raw Inshell

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

California Pistachio Board

Western Pistachio Association

USDA (United States Standards for Grades of Pistachio Nuts in the Shell)

USDA (United States Standards for Grades of Shelled Pistachios)