Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Nutty Love

The good people at Everybody's Nuts sent me a package of pistachio love. Don't think you can feel love from a pistachio? Then you haven't tried these nuts.After an email requesting an unbiased review of their product, I responded that I would be happy to taste some pistachios. Sure, I love pistachios, but I wasn't sure what could possibly noteworthy about the EN variety.

So we set up a taste test of SPC's family and friends. There are four types of nuts we tasted (followed by my "2 cents" summary):

Roasted, Unsalted: Very good, but best for baking* and those with sky high blood pressure, watching their sodium intake.

Roasted, Salted: Very, very good and fresh. No pesky "unopened" shells (this is an EN money-back guarantee). Tasty indeed.

Salt and Pepper: Fantastic. Oh-my-goodness good. Ladies and gentleman, we have a winner pistachio. Pistachio heaven in a shell.

English Roast: Amazing. Think pub "chips" with malt vinegar. If you are a salt and vinegar potato chip fan, these nuts will give you a good salt and vinegar fix without feeling guilty#. (Side comment to the good EN folks: you could go a *bit* heavier on the vinegar taste, in my humble opinion).

*To demonstrate how handy the unsalted nuts are for recipes, stay tuned tomorrow for a bonus pistachio recipe. Double bonus: this recipe can be used as a Christmas gift idea.

#I never realized all the good things about pistachios: they're full of fiber, antioxidants, and other good things with lower fat and calories than other nuts.

So there you have it. I'm a believer. You can take nuts from ordinary to extraordinary.

Oh, and to the good folks at EN--thanks for giving me another great Christmas gift idea.

I'm nuts for these nuts,
SPC

8 comments:

Slacker Mama said...

Oh, how fun that you got to review a product!

And I did not know that about pistachios! I might have to check these out...John used to get a huge tin 'round this time from some work-related source. I'd plow thorough them! But those freebie pistachio days have come to an end....

Sweet Pea Chef said...

SM, you have to get your hands on these then. They are fab. Also, they are a good "looks more than the calories you eat" snack.

fearlesschef said...

Where do I get my hands on them? I am going to Whole Foods this weekend... could I find them there?

Sweet Pea Chef said...

I found them at Walgreens of all places! And Kroger...

Live.Love.Eat said...

Oh how I love pistachios!!!!!! I see they are only at Walgreens and Winn Dixie by me which isn't a problem. Gonna get me some!!!!

Anonymous said...

How funny. My Dad loved pistachios. There were always shells in his office from where he was eating them while working. :)

Anonymous said...

(That anonymous was me - Erin. Can't figure out why it won't accept my password!)

Steel Magnolia said...

I Love pistacios...must look for these!