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Enso May 20, 2014 02:47 PM

I tried them for the first time from a vendor at the mayday parade. Where can I get them around here - preferably UNsalted? And what's a reasonable price for unshelled? Shelled?

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    Slightly Grey RE: Enso May 20, 2014 05:16 PM

    I've seen them at Sam's Club, couldn't tell you the price.

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      sandylc RE: Enso May 20, 2014 07:19 PM

      Try Trader Joe's. Or a co-op.

      1. AnneInMpls RE: Enso May 20, 2014 10:52 PM

        Pistachios are wonderful, aren't they? Unsalted pistachios are a bit difficult to find. I buy organic, unsalted, shelled (aka no shell) raw pistachios at Seward co-op, and then toast them myself. They're really expensive (something like $16/lb?) but I'm worth it.

        A good Middle Eastern market will have cheaper prices, but I haven't noticed unsalted nuts at the places I've checked.

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          Enso RE: AnneInMpls May 21, 2014 07:12 PM

          Very tasty! (And apparently healthy, too, from what I gather.)

          Are they not as delicious unless toasted? I don't know how to tell if the ones I had were or not.

          That price doesn't seem too bad, esp. for shelled. The ones I got were in the shell, and I bet that's close to half the weight. The seller swore they weren't salted, but I could definitely taste salt.

          I don't think I know of any Middle Eastern markets, much less good ones. Would the Holy Land shelves at MGM count?

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            jaycooke RE: AnneInMpls Jun 10, 2014 04:20 PM

            I just bought those at Seward and they were really expensive. Having never had unsalted/raw pistachios before, I first thought they had gone bad... I'll have to toast and salt them and see how they taste then.

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            thefunkytrout RE: Enso May 21, 2014 05:39 AM

            While I don't remember the price, I do remember getting unsalted pistachios without shells (sometimes called "pistachio meats") at Trader Joe's last year and it was by far the best value I could find anywhere at the time. Not USDA organic, but oh well. No guarantees they still carry them, but worth checking if that's what you're looking for. They're great for pistachio ice cream, toasting for salads, or using in non-traditional-style pesto. Enjoy!

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              zfwp RE: thefunkytrout May 21, 2014 12:42 PM

              there are several pistachio growers in new mexico and, to combine threads, they often have a green chile flavored pistachio.

            2. Michael Florey RE: Enso May 22, 2014 01:22 PM

              The finest pistachios available in the U.S. are Bazzini's. You can buy them at The Golden Fig on Grand Avenue in STP.

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                ChancesR RE: Enso May 23, 2014 03:17 PM

                Hard to believe you've never tried pistachios before. How did that come about?

                Trader Joe's sells pistachios with "50% less Salt." I think it's just the right amount.

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                  pistachio peas RE: Enso Jun 9, 2014 12:23 PM

                  I've only been able to find a reasonable price on unsalted, shelled pistachios at Trader Joe's. Unshelled pistachios are an entirely different category. I get those at Caspian Market on University.

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                    Enso RE: pistachio peas Jun 11, 2014 09:21 AM

                    I was at Caspian and saw 3 types of unshelled, but no shelled. hmm

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