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Iran: Exporter of Pistachio Since Achaemenid Era


05 January 2005


The Achaemenid people were the first who grew pistachio in ancient Iran and exported this Iranian fruit to their neighboring countries more than 2500 years ago.

According to historical sources, this plant first grew in Khorasan and Soghd regions, and no other people knew about it until the Achaemenid era.

In his book titled Iran From the Earliest Times To the Islamic Conquest, Professor Roman Ghirshman has mentioned that the first pistachio trees were first taken to Aleppo in Achaemenid era.

In Sassanid period, pistachio was among the most important cargo exported from Iran to China. In this period, pistachio was considered a delicatessen and mostly used baked and in cookies. There is a Pahlavi text dating back to the Sassanid era that talks about Gorgani pistachio that seemingly cherished a fame in that time.

Mohammad-hassan Abrishami, writer of the book The Iranian Pistachio, believes that pistachio first grew in western Khorasan. Pistachio tree was taken to other parts of Iran and the world after the Islamic conquest of Iran by Muslims, and Qom was the first city that received the tree and started growing it in 8th century.

Today pistachio is the second most important non-oil export product in Iran after carpets. Comprising about 55% of pistachio production and over 60% of its export, Iran competes against its most important rival, the US, with an annual revenue of over 400 million dollars.



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