The ‘nutty’ pistachio

Although Filipinos are still waiting for the P20 per kilo rice and onion is now almost as expensive as the imported edible fungus truffle, there is no doubt they will find a way to prepare for the Christmas Noche Buena, no matter how modest it will be.

I don’t know how many people add nuts to their traditional spread but many have probably dropped chestnuts from their menu because of their cost.

But here’s a fun fact about another imported nut that many Filipinos have developed a taste for, introduced no doubt by relatives and friends who live and work abroad. Pistachio is really more of an occasional treat, rather than a usual snack item.

We probably have heard of spontaneous combustion, the ignition of organic matter without apparent cause.  According to the web site @interestingfactshq, pistachios are among those organic matters that can spontaneously combust or burn under the right circumstances.

The tasty and nutritious nut, the website says, is especially rich in fat, which is highly flammable. One cup of pistachios contains 56 grams of fat. But there is no cause for alarm if you enjoy pistachios only occasionally and do not hoard them.

“Thankfully, that (spontaneous combustion) only becomes a problem when pistachios are packed too tightly during shipping or storage. It’s important to keep the nuts dry lest they become moldy — but if they’re kept too dry and there are too many of them bunched together, they can self-heat and catch fire without an external heat source,” the website says.

It adds, “Though exceedingly rare and easy to avoid if the proper instructions are followed, pistachio self-combustion is a real enough concern that the German Transport Information Service specifically advises that pistachios ‘not be stowed together with fibers/fibrous materials as oil-soaked fibers may promote self-heating/spontaneous combustion of the cargo’.”

So if you only have a few bags of pistachio stashed in your pantry, there is no need to worry.                  

Although most pistachios Filipinos enjoy come from the United States, the biggest producer of the nut is Iran. The total global production of pistachio every year is 911,829 tons. A pistachio tree can live up to 300 years.

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