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Saturday, October 02, 2010 

Iranian pistachios have been banned

which is boosting California pistachio sales. Did you know that 98% of U.S. pistachios come from the Golden State?
California pistachio growers are finding themselves the unexpected beneficiaries of U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. A U.S. ban on Iranian pistachios went into effect on Wednesday, as the Obama administration ratchets up economic pressure on Iran to open its nuclear facilities to international inspection. President Obama signed the ban on July 1. It's good news for American pistachio farmers, who have long vied with Iran for dominance in the U.S.'s $700-million domestic market, as well as overseas. And it's particularly welcome for Golden State farmers, who are in the midst of harvest season. - LatteTimes
I, myself, am partial to our local growers Santa Barbara Pistachios. I pick them up at our Farmer's Market pretty much every Saturday. (Yes...I gobble them up that fast..) My favorite? The Chile Lemon!

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