Pistachio Palmiers

2 ½ dozen.

½ cup Sugar
½ to 1 teaspoon Chopped candied ginger
¾ cup Natural American pistachios, finely chopped
1 package Frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
¼ cup Butter or margarine, melted


Process sugar and ginger in food processor or blender until well blended; combine with pistachios and set aside. Separate pastry sheets. Sprinkle 2 tablespoons pistachio mixture over top of pastry; roll to 12 x 10 inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter; sprinkle with ¼ cup pistachio mixture and press lightly into dough. Bring short ends of dough to meet in center; repeat. Fold one half on top of other lengthwise to ¼ inch thickness. Place on lightly greased baking sheet. Repeat with remaining pastry sheet. Bake at 425° F. 8 to 9 minutes or until golden. Remove from baking sheet immediately to wire rack; cool.

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fun facts

Pistachios, when eaten with high-carbohydrate foods, may result in lower than expected blood sugar levels, an important factor in reducing risk of diabetes.

According to a Penn State University study, it is suggested that pistachios reduce the body's biological response to stress.

One serving of pistachios has as much potassium (300mg, 8%) as an orange (250mg, 7%).

Pistachios are high in phytosterols which may lower cholesterol levels and decrease the risk of heart disease. In animal studies phytosterols have been shown to potentially have anti-cancer properties.

One serving of pistachios is 49 nuts, more than any other tree nut.

Forty-nine pistachios serve up to 20 percent of your Daily Value of B6, about the same as half an avocado.

You can obtain more dietary fiber from a serving of pistachios (3g) than a 1/2 cup of cooked broccoli, and the same amount of dietary fiber as an orange or an apple — approximately 10 percent of the Daily Value.

Just a single serving of pistachios provides you with the same amount of protein in a one-ounce serving of soybeans and can serve as a protein alternative to meat, poultry or beans according to the USDA Food Guide Pyramid.

Pistachios are a naturally cholesterol-free snack and contain just 1.5 grams of saturated fat.

Celebrate the greatness of nuts! October 22 is National Nut Day and February 26 is National Pistachio Day!