Well, as I predicted in my last blog, at San Luis Obispo Farm we did indeed have a bumper crop of Pistachio nuts. Not quite as big as our humungous 2008 crop, but very close.
The nuts this year were very large and healthy. The trees were heavily laden with large pink and green clusters. What’s more, the price we received from the processors was the highest in recent memory. This was mainly due to 1) a substandard crop in Iran, our biggest competitor 2) inroads we have made with California product into the European and Asian markets 3) the fact that there was no carryover from the 2009 harvest.
Unfortunately for the consumer, this will mean higher retail prices starting very soon. So far we at San Luis have kept the prices the same on our website but, unfortunately, this will have to change in the near future.
So now is a great time to invest (like a squirrel) in Pistachio nuts for the coming Winter. They will stay fresh for several months in a cool dry place and almost indefinitely in the refrigerator. So stock up and enjoy these plump, nutritious treats over the Holidays. The best from California to you!!