Hello, California!

By: ray.perry : August 07, 2012

Hello California! I am so honored to be your new Ambassador! I was just crowned Miss California 2012 on June 30th and so I am “freshly hatched” as they say. It has only been a month and I have already experienced so much! In case you don’t know about me, I am a native Californian and I am proud to say so! I was born in Long Beach and grew up in Garden Grove. I just graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music. I have been playing the harp for eight years and this is the talent that I perform in Miss America pageants. At age 14, I was very awkward and had no experience performing or even speaking in front of crowds. Along with my family and friends, the Miss America Organization has made me into the woman I am today. I have learned skills that will benefit my life in so many ways. I know that some of these skills will help me promote the yummy pistachio that millions of Americans love! I am so excited to represent the American Pistachio Growers!

I just spent five days with the American Pistachio Growers, and I had a blast! On the first day I arrived in Fresno, I was well informed about pistachios, and it was a lot more than I knew before! I had no idea about the high amount of vitamins and minerals found in pistachios! All I knew was that they are delicious, but after learning about how healthy they are, I love pistachios even more! On my second day in Fresno, I attended the Annual APG Luncheon and this is where I got to meet all the Pistachio farmers and their families. It was a pleasure meeting them all in my pistachio-green gown! Then I did the photo shoot with Keith Seaman on Saturday and the photos will be found on the APG website and on billboards in China! Sunday was my day off, so I took a small trip to Yosemite! I have not seen the valley since I was a little girl, so it was so overwhelming to see those majestic rocks including Half Dome, of course! Someday, I am going to climb that! Finally, I finished off my exciting pistachio trip by being featured on the “Great Day Fresno” morning news show! I had to show up to Cal State Fresno’s Pistachio Orchard at 4am and the show went from 5am to 10am. “Great Day” wanted to feature pistachios because starting in August to October it’s harvest time. We did eight different interviews that lasted about three minutes each, and these were filmed live in between Kim and Kope’s news stories. There are two videos found on the website:

I got to cook one of my favorite pistachio recipes!

KMPH FOX 26 | Central San Joaquin Valley News Source

I cannot express enough my enthusiasm for pistachios! They are not only delicious and easy to carry around; they are so healthy for you! Two ounces of pistachios is full of antioxidants, more protein than a serving of halibut, more fiber than broccoli, and even more potassium than a banana! I’m sold! For more delicious and healthy facts about pistachios, explore the American Pistachio website! I’m addicted to the “Recipes” page. I look forward to more adventures with the American Pistachio Growers!

For now, watch some of the video blogs I made while I was in Fresno!