Pistachio Harvest Cake

16 servings.

1 ½ cups Vegetable oil
2 cups Brown sugar (packed)
4 Eggs
1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
2 cups Carrot, grated
4 cups Flour
1 tablespoon Baking soda
4 teaspoons Cinnamon
1 teaspoon Nutmeg
1 teaspoon Ginger
1 teaspoon Salt
1 cup Natural American pistachios, finely chopped
16 ounces Pineapple yogurt
Icing (recipe follows)

Icing: Beat 1 cup softened butter or margarine with 5 cups unsifted powdered sugar,
1½ teaspoons grated orange peel and 3 to 4 tablespoons orange juice (or enough to make a good spreadable consistency).


Mix oil, sugar, eggs, vanilla and carrots in large bowl. In separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt and ¾ cup pistachios. Mix portions of dry mixture (about 1/3 at a time) into egg mixture alternately with yogurt. Turn into greased and floured 14-cup bundt pan or crown ring mold. Bake in preheated oven at 350° F. for 1 hour 15 minutes or until pick inserted into cake comes out dry. Cool 15 minutes in pan, then loosen top edges and gently invert from pan onto wire rack. When cake is completely cool, spread icing on top and decorate with remaining ¼ cup pistachios.

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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!