Spiced Maple Glazed Pistachios by Art Smith


1 pound Shelled pistachios
¼ cup Maple syrup
Sugar Mixture:
3 tablespoons Natural cane sugar
2 teaspoons Cumin
2 teaspoons Sweet paprika
2 teaspoons Chili powder
1 teaspoon Sea salt
⅛ teaspoon Cayenne pepper


Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 350°F.
Spread the pistachios in a large roasting pan and bake until lightly browned and nuts are hot, about 6 minutes.
Pour the maple syrup over the pistachios and coat well. Bake, stirring occasionally, until the nuts have absorbed most of the syrup, about 10 minutes.
For sugar mixture: Mix together the sugar, cumin, paprika, chili powder, salt and cayenne pepper.
Gradually add the sugar mixture to the pistachios, tossing with a spoon, until the nuts are well-coated.
Cool slightly and break apart any nuts that are sticking together. Pour onto a greased baking sheet and cool completely.Yield: 4 cups.

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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!