California Pistachios

The Royal Tour

Pistachios are one of the most popular crops to grow in a California agricultural scene that has become increasingly nut-heavy. But a farm like this one, as beautiful as the setting is, exacerbates the state's water issues, since nuts like this take a lot of water to grow.

In Newberry Springs, California, in the Mojave Desert, pistachio farms are irrigated with wells like this, which pull water from the local aquifer.

Directly from the tree, pistachios have a pink - and beautiful - coating, which gets removed before the nuts are dried and roasted.

The town of Newberry Springs hosts a pistachio festival each year, which pays homage to their community and this crop that is so important to the area's economic viability.

Flavored pistachios are a treat, but one does have to remember that each nut takes about a gallon of water. Make sure to click the link below to read all about California pistachios and Newberry Springs.