How is the quality standard of pistachio (ounce) determined?
Oatmeal is a criterion for measuring the size, ripeness and quality of pistachios, but it should be noted that this is not the only condition for quality and also determines its price.
To determine the quality or ounce of pistachios, we weigh 142 grams of pistachios and count the number of pistachios. Any number obtained is considered pistachio ounce.
for example :
We weigh 142 grams of a sample of Akbari pistachio, in which there are 110 pistachio seeds in this 142 grams. The ounce of this pistachio sample is 22. But a sample of this type with the same hot amount of 120 pistachio seeds has 24 ounces of this sample of pistachios. The higher the ounce, the lower the price of that type of pistachio.
Intermediaries buy pistachios at low prices from the farmer in order to sell them; Then they are mixed with better pistachios and sold at a higher price. Another way to process these pistachios is to put the mouth-watering pistachios in water to soak them, then dry them with indirect heat and market them as smiling, high-quality pistachios.
How to identify processed pistachios
Take some pistachios in your clenched fist and shake. If the pistachio kernels make a lot of noise when they hit their shells, it means they are smiling.
Of course, if starch is added to the brine solution during the roasting step, this method is not helpful for diagnosis.
Pistachio prices in Iran:
Due to the export of pistachios, its price is affected by the price of the dollar and its price goes up as the dollar rises. Another important factor is the type and quality of pistachios, their freshness and the amount of harvest of farmers in that year. The clean and stain-free outer shell of the pistachio is a proof of its quality.
Every year, exhibitions are held all over the country, and we recommend producers to participate in these exhibitions.
Important points when buying pistachios:
Smiling pistachios, in addition to being easy to open, is a reason for pistachios to ripen. Closed and fine pistachios may be unripe.
When buying pistachios, pay attention to the following points:
Pistachios should be one-handed in size and appearance.
The part of the pistachio kernel that is visible should be purple, reddish-gray, or purple and brown, depending on the type. The color of pistachio kernels varies from yellow to light and dark green. The greener the pistachio kernel, the better it tastes.
Pistachio kernels should be tasty and not have a bitter or unpleasant taste.
If the pistachio kernel is soft, it indicates that it has been stored in a damp place and its purchase is not recommended.
Pistachio kernels should not be too dry and wrinkled.
Avoid buying colored pistachios. They are usually dyed to remove stains on pistachio skins. If you pay attention, you will notice that the color of pistachio is not natural.
In this article, we provided explanations on how to export pistachios, conditions for pistachio exports, types of pistachios for export, and the best country for pistachio exports. If you need to export pistachios, you can get help from the experts of Zaam Trading Company.