California produces more than 500 million pounds of Pistachios

Did you know that Pistachios are a great source of potassium, protein, and can help you maintain a healthy cholesterol level?

Pistachios are a great fit for California, and we produce more than 98% of the nation’s pistachio crop. Due to its fertile soil, hot, dry climate and moderately cold winters – Pistachios do especially well in the Central Valley of California. When water is available to irrigate sufficiently, an area the size of a football field can produce over 3,615 pounds of nuts.

It takes about 7 years of active care by a farmer for a pistachio tree to begin producing nuts!

California's farmers are careful to manage water as effectively as possible. Learn more about how water is managed on California farms by clicking here.

California Pistachios