Tarragon Pistachio Wild Rice

8 to 12 servings.

1 cup Wild rice
1 cup Brown rice
6 cups Boiling water
1 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Butter or margarine
1 cup Chopped onion
1 cup Shelled, natural American pistachios, chopped
1/2 cup Minced parsley
1/2 cup Dry sherry
1 tablespoon Dried tarragon
2 teaspoons Minced garlic


Drop wild and brown rice into boiling water in large saucepan. Add salt, cover and return to boil. Simmer gently for 50 minutes or until tender and most of water is absorbed. While rice is cooking, melt butter in skillet, add onion and sauté gently until soft, about seven minutes. Combine onion, pistachios, parsley, sherry, tarragon and cooked rice; stir to mix. Turn into well-buttered 9- or 10-cup casserole or ring mold. Bake, covered, at 350°F. until heated through (30 minutes for casserole or 25 minutes for ring mold). If using ring mold, gently invert onto platter to serve. If necessary, loosen any rice that sticks to mold and use to repair shape of ring.

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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!