Do you know how to pick the tastiest pistachios? Look for the ones with the shells cracked open. The pistachio grows so vigorously, it puts pressure on the shell until the shell splits open. Pistachios with closed shells are immature and might taste bitter. Once you've selected the best nuts, store them in an airtight container to keep the moisture out and the pistachios' crunch in.
Keep pistachios in sight for the sake of your kid's eyes. The green nut is bursting with lutein and zeaxanthin, two sight-saving relatives of beta-carotene. One ounce of pistachios boasts 342 micrograms, whereas other nuts have 8 micrograms or less. Other foods with lutein and zeaxanthin include leafy greens, peas, corn, Brussels sprouts and winter squash.