Pistachio Spumoni Ice Cream

5 cups.

1 cup Half-and-half
¾ cup Sugar
1/8 teaspoon Salt
3 Egg yolks, beaten
2 cups Heavy cream
¾ cup Natural American pistachios, chopped
1/3 cup each Chopped candied maraschino cherries and orange peel
3 tablespoons Light rum


Heat but do not boil half-and-half in saucepan; stir in sugar and salt. Pour small amount of half-and-half into egg yolks, stir constantly. Return yolk mixture to half-and-half mixture. Cook and stir over medium heat about 5 to 10 minutes or until thickened and creamy; cool. Stir in heavy cream. Chill thoroughly. Pour into ice cream freezer container; follow manufacturer’s directions for freezing. Add pistachios, cherries, orange peel and rum when almost frozen; finish freezing. Freeze at least 2 hours before serving.

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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!