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(National Journal)   Big Pistachio in the US under threat from worms, drought and ... Russia?   (nationaljournal.com) divider line 16
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2014-08-29 11:26:31 AM  
Ah, the good old days...

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2014-08-29 11:51:31 AM  
I think what bothers me most about TFA is the implication that if they pay enough they can get all the water they need, and consumers will just have to cover the costs

/the problem should really be reduced supply due to removing water intensive crops from production
 
2014-08-29 01:06:25 PM  
America, your nuts are rotten.
 
2014-08-29 01:49:29 PM  
I guess if they can't sell to Russia it will be up to us to shore-up their numbers. I don't see a problem here.
 
2014-08-29 02:53:11 PM  
I'm sitting here eating Cinnamon Glazed Pistachio Bites from Pistachio Tree Ranch right now, so I'm getting a kick, etc.

/seriously tasty
//the pistachio brittle is also amazing.  I'll never eat peanut brittle again.
 
2014-08-29 02:55:01 PM  
i.ytimg.com "Those commie bastards better think twice before messing with Big Pistachio."
 
2014-08-29 03:25:13 PM  
just don't eat those Mooslim red pistaches from Iran, Calif only!!
 
2014-08-29 03:36:33 PM  
This means war with the four leggers.
 
2014-08-29 04:11:02 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: I think what bothers me most about TFA is the implication that if they pay enough they can get all the water they need, and consumers will just have to cover the costs

/the problem should really be reduced supply due to removing water intensive crops from production


and then the price goes up still.  I want cheap nuts damnit
 
2014-08-29 04:58:48 PM  
I like how my grocery store tries to 'manipulate' the perceived price on these to get people to buy them. Normally a 1 lb bag is $10 (way too much imho). But every once in a while there is a 'special' of 2 for $10. But these bags are 1/2 pound so you're still paying $10/pound for them.

/sadly, they wouldn't do this if it didn't work
 
2014-08-29 06:28:49 PM  

DigitalCoffee: I like how my grocery store tries to 'manipulate' the perceived price on these to get people to buy them. Normally a 1 lb bag is $10 (way too much imho). But every once in a while there is a 'special' of 2 for $10. But these bags are 1/2 pound so you're still paying $10/pound for them.

/sadly, they wouldn't do this if it didn't work


I'm being Captain Obvious here, but it's not just your local store. All the big brands are doing this, reducing size so they can keep the same shelf price...for instance, 12oz of y always sold for $3. Now that same size box of y contains 10.5oz for $3.
 
2014-08-29 07:13:24 PM  
Love pistachios, absolutely loathe how damned expensive they are.
 
2014-08-29 09:50:17 PM  
Seeing as it takes a gallon of water to produce one almond, pistachios are probably cheap at the price. When I was a kid you only saw the red-dyed pistachios (Americans didn't like the natural color) and those in tiny quantities in coin-operated vending machines like those still used for small expensive impulse buys or else in bars.

The biggest producer is still Iran, followed by California. They grow well in a harsh climate so deserts and extremes of heat and cold don't faze them.

As in most food markets, demand is driving price increases as more people can afford to buy things like meat, fish, milk products, and expensive nuts and legumes.

The pricing seems to be the same in Canada as the US: about $10 for 500 grams and $5 each for two 250 gram bags. Same trick too. I don't complain much but it jumped to $12 the last time I looked. Still, I ought to eat more nuts and less potato-based snacks--there's more protein and less starch in them, IIRC.
 
2014-08-29 10:13:07 PM  
Pistacho production:   http://www.whichcountry.co/pistachio-production/

This site reads like it was translated from some language other than English, but apparently it is situated in Arizona. Odd. Or is it? You tell me.
 
2014-08-29 11:30:35 PM  

oh_please: DigitalCoffee: I like how my grocery store tries to 'manipulate' the perceived price on these to get people to buy them. Normally a 1 lb bag is $10 (way too much imho). But every once in a while there is a 'special' of 2 for $10. But these bags are 1/2 pound so you're still paying $10/pound for them.

/sadly, they wouldn't do this if it didn't work

I'm being Captain Obvious here, but it's not just your local store. All the big brands are doing this, reducing size so they can keep the same shelf price...for instance, 12oz of y always sold for $3. Now that same size box of y contains 10.5oz for $3.


Ya and TFA says that pistachios are drought resistant, therefore not water intensive. I think your outrage should be directed at alfalfa. You may google the citation.
 
2014-08-30 10:16:35 AM  
Water intensive? Rice. Love 'stacios. Make pesto with them. Cheaper than pignolas. Pan roast them first. You're welcome.
 
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