Pistachio Macaroon Tart

Virtual Harvest Tour with American Pistachio Growers & Chef Nancy Silverton


An Invite by The Fbai got two of my biggest wishes to come true maybe virtually but it was so pleasurable… Travel & Blogging again !!

The Fbai has always had some amazing events but to have such a fabulous one virtually was indeed significant !!

American Pistachio Growers ( APG ) celebrates its record-breaking harvest of One-Billion pound!

American Pistachios Growers (APG) strategically curated an interesting way to give insights about the growing and harvesting processes practised by growers of pistachios in the United States by hosting a “Virtual Pistachio Harvest Tour” in California’s San Joaquin Valley for Indian media personnel and key food influencers. The primary objective of the event was to showcase the high quality of American pistachios and the high degree of care and food safety that goes in producing and processing them. A leading pistachios grower, Rich Kreps, showcased the harvest process from his pistachio farm in California.
This media event was conducted on the occasion of a historic American Pistachio harvest, expected to be at least one billion pounds (more than twice the amount expected from the Iranian harvest).

To add excitement to the tour, a “Cook Along” with America’s leading chef, baker, and author Nancy Silverton was also organized. Nancy is the winner of the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Chef Award in 2014 and is recognized for her role in popularizing sourdough and artisan breads world over. She prepared two mouth-watering recipes using American pistachios which we all loved.

She demonstrated a mouthwatering Pistachio Macaroon Tart & a delicious Whole Roasted Cauliflower with Pistachio Crumble & Green Onion Crème Fraiche …both the recipes are available on


Nancy Silverton is an American chef, baker, author and restauranteur, co-owner of Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles, Newport Beach and Singapore, as well as Mozza2Go and chi SPACCA in Los Angeles. Silverton also founded the world-renowned La Brea Bakery as well as Campanile Restaurant. Early in her career, Nancy was named Food and Wine magazine’s “Best New Chef.” In 2014, she received the highest honour given by the James Beard Foundation for “Outstanding Chef.” That year, she was listed as one of the “Most Innovative Women in Food and Drink” by both Fortune and Food and Wine magazines.

Nancy is the author of eight cookbooks including, Desserts (1986), Bread from the La Brea Bakery (1996), Pastries from the La Brea Bakery (2000), Nancy Silverton’s Sandwich Book (2005), Twist of the Wrist (2007) and the Mozza Cookbook (2011). She is also recognized for her role in popularizing sourdough and artisan bread in the United States. In 2017, Nancy was profiled on Netflix’s documentary series Chef’s Table.

The event was anchored by leading Hollywood Celebrity Billy Harris

Speaking on the occasion Ms Judy Hirigoyen, Vice President, Global Marketing of APG said that “India is a growing market for American pistachios. The volume of American pistachio exports to India is growing rapidly as more Indian consumers are getting aware about the health benefits of these amazing nuts. Only recently American pistachios were declared as a Complete Protein which implies that these pistachios will have the same benefits that one would typically find from animal protein sources. This we believe will result in tremendous demand in a primarily vegetarian society like India. American pistachios are also great for Diabetics and Pre-Diabetics, Judy added.”

Commenting on session, Mr Sumit Saran India Representative of American Pistachio Growers said that “India does not produce any pistachios. Traditionally pistachios in India were only used for garnishing but we now see more and more consumers look towards American pistachios as a healthy, anytime snack. People are always looking at plant-based protein sources and American pistachios fit right in, he added.”

Should we say more power to Pistachios?

About American Pistachio Growers :
American Pistachio Growers (APG) is a non-profit trade association representing over 800 grower members in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. APG is governed by a democratically elected board of directors who are growers and is funded entirely by growers and independent processors with the shared goal of increasing global awareness of nutritious, American-grown Pistachio !!

At the end of the Virtual Tour, I am now definitely motivated to create more recipes with my favourite nut ..the Pistachio !

Thank you Foodbloggerai 



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