Rose Petal Preserve with Pistachios By Najmieh Batmanglij

Rating: 
Yield: 
1/2 pint (1 jar).
Ingredients: 

2 cups dried rose petals
2 tablespoons lime juice
5 cups sugar
3 cups water
2 tablespoons rose water
1/2 cup pistachio kernels, toasted by placing in a wide skillet over medium heat and shaking for two minutes, then set aside

Instructions: 

Place rose petals in a pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil. Drain in a colander. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon lime juice and set aside. Meanwhile, place sugar and water in a laminated pot. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat, and let simmer over medium heat for 40 minutes. Place the petals in a wide skillet and toast them for a few minutes, stirring constantly. Add the petals to the syrup. Add the rest of the lime juice, and rose water. Stir gently once, cover, and simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes or until the syrup is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Add the pistachios to the syrup. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Sterilize jelly jars in boiling water. Drain and let dry. Fill the jars with the hot jelly and then seal the jars. Store in a cool, dark place.

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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!