Pistachios have been considered a valuable delicacy since ancient times. According to legend, in ancient Persia, only members of the royal family were permitted to consume the nut, and commoners were forbidden from growing pistachio trees.
The Kerman pistachio is an ancient Iranian variety of pistachio. Harvested from female trees, it differs from other varieties in regards to its large, round shape. Its sweet, delicate flavour, bright green colour and crunchy texture have led to it being commonly dubbed as the "green gold" of nuts.
The best climatic conditions for pistachio trees can be found not only in Iran, where the Kerman pistachio originates from; Tunisia, where the Mateur pistachio originates from; or Cyprus, where the Larnaca pistachio originates from; but also other regions, including the south of Spain. This region offers ideal soil and growing conditions for the traditional cultivation of pistachio trees, as well as for the cultivation of the Kerman pistachio. The advantage of pistachios grown in Spain is the assurance of organic cultivation practices according to the highest quality standards of the EU.