These delicious nuts are great snacks on their own or could be a tasty ingredient to baked goods, desserts, and can even add flavor and texture to savory dishes. Pistachios, which are widely available at any time of the year, come shelled or with their split shells still intact.
Like all nuts with high-fat content, pistachios should be stored properly to prevent them from becoming stale or losing their crunch. When shipping pistachios, here are some tips to ensure that they arrive fresh and delicious.
Good quality pistachio nuts have split shells. Non-split shells usually contain immature kernels and should be discarded.
Pistachios tend to draw moisture from the air, and may otherwise lose their freshness and crunch. Thus, it is essential to store pistachios in an airtight container or sealable bags, especially the shelled kind.
Fill a container with as many pistachios as it can hold to prevent rattling during transit which may cause the nuts to break apart. You may use paper towels, bubble wrap or tissue paper to fill any empty space inside a container.
When using bags, make sure to remove as much air as possible before sealing them closed.
Place your container/s or bag/s of pistachios in a sturdy cardboard box with packing materials on the bottom, all sides, and top. The box should be well-packed with no space for movement. Close the box and seal with packaging tape.
Address and label the package and take to the post office or shipping company of your choice. Opt for expedited shipping or the fastest method available to ensure that the nuts are not held in a holding facility for a long period of time.