The Best Iranian Nuts For Export
Nuts and dried fruits are one of the symbols of Iranian culture.
Iranian nuts and dried fruits are one of the most important export commodities in world markets. So, Iranian nuts, due to its excellent quality, are among the most important examples of Iranian exports to the global markets. So, Persian nuts have many fans around the world. The great variety and the favorable and economical price for selling is one of the important advantages of Iranian nuts over the rest of the nuts. Iranians who in the past held their special warmth and traditional celebrations each month. Nuts are delicious food that has a special place in Iranian happy and religious ceremonies.
Iran is the third largest exporter of raisin in the world by exporting 92,000 tons (7% global Consumption) of raisins worth around 70 million dollars annually. There are different varieties of Iranian Raisins; Sultana Raisins, Golden Raisins, Black Raisins and Green Raisins. The advantage of Iranian Raisins is principally its price and different methods of processing, and that’s the reason why Iranian Raisins are amongst the finest raisins in the world.
It is believed that humans discovered raisins when they happened upon grapes drying on a vine. History books note that raisins were sun-dried from grapes as long ago as 1490 B.C. But several hundred years passed before it was determined which grape variety would make the best raisin. In Iran we can divide the variety of raisins into Seeded Raisins Unseeded Raisins, Green raisins, rice raisins and currants. Green raisins and rice raisins are obtained from seedless grapes and Currant is provided from variety of seeded grapes. We explain raisins preparation method, because these names are related to raisins preparation method as well as the kind of grapes, which is used in raisins production. In Iran over 200 varieties of grapes have been named in different languages, but it is obvious that most of these names are related to one item that has found different names in different locations.
Why do some Iranian Raisin have a different color?
In Iranian Raisin colors vary by their drying process. For example, a dark purplish/black raisin or Black Raisin is sun-dried. A light to medium brown raisins or Sultana Raisin is dried under the shade. A golden to bright yellow raisins is dried under shade and is also treated with sulfur dioxide to retain color and is called Golden Raisin or Golden Bleached Raisins. Green Raisin is green in nature but if sulfur is added the color will have a yellowish green color to it.
Nutrition and Health
Nuts and dried fruits are one of the symbols of Iranian culture. Iranian nuts and dried fruits are one of the most important export commodities in world markets. So, Iranian nuts, due to its excellent quality, are among the most important examples of Iranian exports to the global markets. So, Persian nuts have many fans around the world. The great variety and the favorable and economical price for selling is one of the important advantages of Iranian nuts over the rest of the nuts. Iranians who in the past held their special warmth and traditional celebrations each month. Nuts are delicious food that has a special place in Iranian happy and religious ceremonies.
Raisins are the original candy-nature’s candy. They are one of the most nutritious dried fruits in the world. Raisins are cholesterol-free, low in sodium and totally fat-free. They provide many necessary vitamins and minerals, including iron, potassium, calcium and certain B vitamins. Raisins are a good source of fiber and rich in antioxidants. Raisins are 70% pure fructose (a natural form of sugar), which is easily digested for quick energy.
Iranian walnut is famous in the world, and Iran produces the best example of walnuts in the world. So, The best walnut product in Iran is in Kerman province. Walnuts are high-priced nutcrackers that provide excellent protein, fiber, vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals. Also, walnuts have the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids among vegetable foods. Walnuts are the best source of manganese and copper, magnesium and phosphorus. Walnuts contain the highest levels of vitamins B6, B1 and 5B (pantothenic acid). Many of the vitamins and minerals found in the walnut are needed for pregnant women. Therefore, pregnant women are strongly advised to use regular walnuts. Walnuts are rich in potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds, which help to improve the blood circulation system and blood vessels and maintain healthy cardiovascular health.
They are high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also a good source of protein.
The combination of healthy fats, protein, and fiber in walnuts helps to increase satisfaction and fullness. This makes them more healthful as a snack, compared with chips, crackers, and other simple carbohydrate foods.
Consuming plant-based foods of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.
The possible health benefits of walnuts may include boosting the cardiovascular system and bone health, reducing the risk of gallbladder disease, and treating epilepsy.
Pistachios grow in arid climates and regions prevailing well-drained soil and dry conditions. The world known taste of Persian pistachio is unrivalled since Iran’s geographical location, special arid climate and soil are the perfect setting for the cultivation of pistachio trees.
Pistachio production in Iran in 2017 was 574,987 tons, which has made this country the first in the world.
After Iran, the United States came in second with 272,291 tons and China came in third with 95,294 tons.
pistachio production in Iran is about 575 thousand tons per year and only 10% of this product is consumed domestically and the other 90% is exported. The annual consumption of pistachios for each Iranian family is about 2 kg.
The production and export of Iranian pistachios generates about $ 1.4 billion to $ 1.7 billion annually for Iran. Damghan city; Rafsanjan city, Zarand city, Kashkuyeh city, Sirjan city, Buin Zahra city, Anar and Neyriz are the main centers of pistachio production in Iran and 80% of pistachios produced in Iran are obtained from these areas.
The History of the Pistachio
Documents and research have shown that the origin of pistachio trees lies in the North-east of Iran. For
5000 years people have been eating pistachios. Historic records claim that the queen of Sheba herself,
demanded all of the Assyrian pistachios for her court.
The Botany of the Pistachio
The pistachio belongs to the Ancardiaceae family. Pistachio trees usually grow up to 8 meters tall.
These trees can tolerate different extremes in temperature: up to 45°C and lower than 25°C. Pistachio trees are second (after the date palm) which can survive for long periods of time without water. Their roots reach deep into the soil to find water. Depending on the environment in which the tree is planted, a pistachio tree will start to fruit between 7 to 10 years after being planted and continue to live and fruit for about 80 to 100 years.
Incredible Benefits of Pistachio:
1_Antioxidant properties: Pistachio shells contain a lot of antioxidants. These antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that come from cellular metabolism. These radicals cause heart disease and cancer.
2_Improving heart health: Reduces daily consumption of LDL or bad cholesterol in the body. These nuts are a rich source of amino acids, which prevent blood vessels from clogging and forming clots.
3_Weight management: For those on a diet, pistachios are a great choice. Pistachio is low in calories, high in protein, low in saturated and unsaturated fats. All of which are very suitable for maintaining an ideal weight.
4_Help improve digestion: Pistachio is a great source of dietary fiber that has a positive effect on the functioning of the digestive system.
5_Help to absorb iron: Pistachio contains a lot of copper that helps the body absorb more iron than food. And this can increase the chance of fighting diseases like anemia. Because it increases the number of hemoglobin and increases blood flow.
6_Pistachio to strengthen sexual organs: Pistachio has a profound effect on men’s sexuality Studies have shown that men with about 100 grams of nuts daily for three weeks can improve their erectile dysfunction by about 50 percent.
7_Diabetes control: Pistachio contains antioxidants, which help reduce the glycation process and control diabetes and can also balance blood sugar and blood pressure.
8_Anti-inflammatory properties: The vitamin E content and anti-inflammatory agents found in pistachio can help reduce inflammation in any part of the body.
9_Protect neurons and nerve: Pistachio contains high levels of vitamin b6. Which helps to make essential amino acids, which is very useful for heart rate and blood vessels. Therefore, these nuts play a very important role in maintaining the nervous system of the body.
The soil and climate in city of Estahban near Shiraz center of Fars province are ideal for growing the best figs in the world. Figs orchards in Estahban cultivated by dry farming and their fruits are naturally sun dried. Most of activity in the orchards of figs begins in May as the fruit appears on the tree and culminates in October when the first picking of dried figs started.
Iran is the fourth largest producer of figs in the world with an annual production of 70,178 tons.
Most of the world's figs are produced in the Middle East.
Iranian dried figs, especially Estahban region of Fars province, are unique in terms of quality and are known worldwide as a unique product.
In Iran, in addition to being eaten raw or dried, figs are also eaten in syrup, jam or marmalade, which is very tasty.
Paradise fig fruit which swear by the Holy Quran has high nutritional value and great health benefits. Vitamin A, B and C is overflowed in fig fruit and also potassium, magnesium, calcium and phosphorous elements can be found in it. The fruit is also a rich source of dietary fiber. Dietary fiber in figs play an important role in preventing and relieving constipation. Due to the fact that high fiber in figs also has prominent role in the management and control weight, consumption of figs in the weight loss diet is an important issue. In addition, large amounts of Iron and vitamin C is exist in fig. A mixture of these two nutrients, makes fig great fruit for people who suffering from anemia, particularly iron deficiency anemia. The inclusion of this product in the diet would be very logical and useful.