Does anybody know where to find Turkish Pistachios in SoCal?
I went to a couple of middle eastern markets in Westwood (not sure the names, but they were on the same block of Westood Blvd. as Shaherzad) and I was suprised to find that neither carried Turkish Pistachios. They both had Persian Pistachios....which is better than nothing.....but not nearly as good as Turkish.
1422 Westwood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90024
armenian places in pasadena/ altadena and glendale have both. THere's a nut place on the corner of glenoaks and western i think that has both. Also, a place on Allen norht of the 210 tht specializes in Basturma that has both turkish and iranian PLUS akide seker and other dandy imports from Anatolia.
Maybe I'm barking up the wrong tree, but have you tried the pistachios from Santa Barbara Pistachio Co (available at Wed SMFM). They are pretty good, and there is a lot to be said for freshness in a high oil nut like pistachio. .
That said I have not had Turkish, so maybe they are a different variety ect that just have more flavor..
i once brought american (read - california), turkish and iranian pistachios to a get-together. About 1/2 liked the iranian best, the other 1/2 the turkish, but no one picked the US as their favorite (they weren't labelled).
The US were the biggest ones. The Turkish longest and thinnest. Both the turkish and iranian were much more flavorful.
thanks for the advice.....it looks like a trip to the San Gabriel Valley is in order
And AAQjr.....thanks for the input, but there is a distinct difference between turkish and American pistachios. And while i thoroughly enjoy good quality American nut......there is something special about Turkish pistachios that even the best American version just can't match.....imho, at least.