Unshelled pistachios should be split open, and any that are not split should be discarded. The reddish skin should be removed before roasting. The method requires only two ingredients: raw, dried pistachio nuts and salt if desired.

  • For salted nuts, a brine should be prepared by stirring salt into as much water as required to submerge the nuts. The water should be saturated with as much salt as will dissolve into it. The dried, raw pistachio nuts should be dropped briefly into the brine solution.
  • Spread the nuts in a single layer onto a baking sheet.
  • Roast them in the oven at 200 Fahrenheit.
  • Check the nuts after 15 minutes – they should take about 20 minutes in total.
  • The nuts are done when they are fully dried but not overcooked.

Pistachios are a good source of iron, protein, vitamin 6, thiamine and dietary fiber. They are also a good source of unsaturated fats. One cup of shelled pistachios yields approximately 1/2 cup of shelled nuts

Origin: Western NSW

Pistachios roasted
Recipe Type: Roast
Author: Harvest Hub
  • Fresh Pistachios 250gms
  1. To prepare:
  2. • Remove the soft outer skin from the pistachios
  3. • Preheat oven to 120C
  4. • Add 60-80g of salt to 125ml of water (1/2 cup) in a deep saucepan and boil over high heat until all salt is dissolved
  5. • Add about 8 to 10 cups of pistachios and stir until all water has evaporated and salt is deposited on the nuts.
  6. Spread nuts on baking paper in the preheated oven and roast 1½ hours. Stir every 30 minutes. When done, put the baking paper with pistachios on a cooling rack to stop them from cooking.




Diabetes a hotspot in Western Sydney

Jayne and Principal of Beresford Road Public School

A Supporter in making change. The Principal at Beresford Road Public School knows how important Fresh Fruit & Veg is for his school – both teachers & families.

Diabetes a hotspot in Western Sydney

Diabetes is on the rise in Western Sydney due to poor food choice and reduced exercise.

This was flagged as an issue in 2013 ‘Western Sydney Diabetes Danger Zone’ and recently Increase by 25% in amputations due to diabetes which leads to other health issues  – especially heart disease.

The Issue put plainly

There is a fresh food desert in the Western Suburbs as grocers close, as supermarkets continue to offer cigarettes, lollies and ‘quick buy’ promo stands next to fresh veg/fruit isles the increase in Diabetes soars.

Sitting in front of computers, television and ‘watching sport’…. any body movement there?

Hoping into the car to go to the shops, driving the kids to school, going to work by transport, sitting at a desk. The short walk to the shops or office is not enough.

Dr Rosemary Stanton has for years been beating the drum – Eat fresh fruit & vegetables – reduce sugar intake.

EAT ‘REAL’ Food. Ask – Is this ‘real’ food? How much sugar is in it? Understanding what the sugars are is a first step in making change in food choices –  About  Sugars

So the alert in 2013 wasn’t enough and now we are part of a NSW Health, Western Sydney Local Health Disctrict initiative to address this and thought some of our Harvest Hub members might like to join in and learn more.

This Monday 21st 21 MARCH 2016 at Bowman Hall, Blacktown City Council, Campbell Street, Blacktown there is a Forum where you can learn more, speak out and hear what is happening about this life threatening issue.

You can become a community ‘take action’ representative.

If you’d like to attend.

1. Go to: http://goo.gl/vtA5ZW
2. Click ‘Register’
3. Select your number of tickets
from the dropdown menu
4. Click ‘Checkout’
5. Complete your registration details