Fresh Fruit And Pistachio Tart

8 servings.

1 cup Natural American pistachios
1/2 cup Sugar
2 tablespoons Butter or margarine
12 ounces Cream cheese
4 teaspoons Grated orange peel
2 tablespoons Orange juice
2 Kiwifruit, peeled and thinly sliced
2 or 3 Fresh peaches, nectarines or plums (or any combination), sliced
1/4 cup Whole, natural American pistachios
for topping
1/3 cup Apricot or peach jam, sieved


Shell: In food processor, combine 1 cup pistachios with all but 2 tablespoons sugar, processing until finely ground. Cut butter into pats and add to mixture, continuing to process until dough forms into clump. Pat gently into 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Chill.
Filling: Beat cream cheeses with orange peel, juice and remaining 2 tablespoons sugar until creamy.
Spread filling evenly in bottom of chilled shell. Top with fruit in attractive arrangement. Trim with 1/4 cup whole pistachios. Just before serving, glaze fruit on top with the sieved jam.

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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!