|Author: ||A.SH. Ardakani|
|Keywords: ||split pistachio, pistachio kernel, pistachio shred, pilot plant, added value|
Pistachio, the second non-oil and the third exported good of Iran, is one of the most delicious and most expensive snacks of all other nuts and protein materials.
Because pistachio is exported as a raw product (with his special problems), existence of suitable processing industries (such as pistachio oil, pistachio butter, pistachio chocolate, pistachio halva, using pistachio in meat industry, confectionery, sauces,…) and byproduct industries (using pistachio hull in production of furfural, etc.) seems to be basically necessary.
It is an important point that in Iran there is a potential condition for the production of various and high valuable food products.
Of course, the development of these industries needs strong and careful research and the acquisition of suitable technology for each product.
In this study we calculated that the added value of 300,000 tons of pistachio production annually (with value of 933 million dollars), including only four products of pistachio processing industry (split pistachio , pistachio kernel , pistachio shred and pistachio powder) is about 58 million dollars.
This shows that processing industry is very important in the improvement of current situation.
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