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,