American Pistachio And Cucumber Appetizers

Approximately ½ cup.

1 package (8 ounce) Cream cheese, softened
½ cup Natural American pistachios, coarsely chopped
2 teaspoons Minced green onions
1 teaspoon Grated lemon peel
Dash garlic powder
12 slices Whole wheat sandwich bread
Marinated Cucumber Slices


Combine cream cheese, pistachios, green onion, lemon peel and garlic powder; mix well. Remove crust from bread; spread slices with about 1-1/2 tablespoons pistachio mixture. Top 6 slices with cucumber. Sandwich cucumber with remaining slices with spread side down. Cut each sandwich diagonally into 4 pieces.

Marinated Cucumber Slices: Thinly slice 1 medium cucumber; sprinkle with salt and allow to stand about 20 minutes. Squeeze liquid from cucumber. Add 2 tablespoons vinegar and 2 teaspoons sugar to cucumbers; allow to marinate 15 to 20 minutes. Drain well.

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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!