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Turkish Pistachios?

jjmerf Dec 4, 2010 01:37 AM

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

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    jjmerf Dec 19, 2010 09:13 AM

    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.

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      AAQjr Dec 7, 2010 11:01 PM

      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..

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      1. re: AAQjr
        Jerome Dec 8, 2010 04:47 PM

        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.

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        Jerome Dec 4, 2010 02:15 PM

        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.

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          badseed Dec 7, 2010 06:16 PM

          Ani's Market at Glen Oaks and Sonora carries quite a few, not sure about Turkish. I know Super King Market on South San Fernando carries them.

          Super King Market
          2716 N San Fernando Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90065

          Ani's Groceries
          1500 W Glenoaks Blvd, Glendale, CA 91201

          1. re: Jerome
            Seasane Dec 19, 2010 07:50 PM

            Do you have the name and addresses of some of these markets in pasadena/altadena and /or glendale? I don't know the area but can GPS it if I have the addresses.

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