Orange, Carrot, Ginger and American Pistachios

4 servings

320 g. carrots
160 g. orange juice
1/2 vanilla pod
40 g. finely chopped ginger
120 g. shelled American pistachios


Peel the ginger, finely chop and blanch in a little water for 20 seconds.
Peel the carrots and turn them. Cook them in unsalted boiling water for 5 minutes.
Drain the carrots.
Coarsely chop the shelled pistachios
In a frying pan, reduce the orange juice along with the vanilla pod until it reaches a syrupy consistency, then remove the vanilla pod and add the carrots and ginger.
Leave to simmer for a while.
Place the carrots on the plate, and sprinkle lightly with pistachios.

About 140 kcal per person

Nutritional comment of Dr. Nicola Sorrentino, Head of Columbus Clinic Diet
To eat healthy and colorful helps us to fight free radicals (harmful substances that daily attack our cells) and the aging process in general. The main feature of this dish is the orange color, rich in beta-carotene, pigment with antioxidant properties. Let’s not miss the vitamin C of the orange, the healthy unsaturated fats of pistachios and the many virtues of ginger. Orange is the color of rationality and wisdom.

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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!