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Got home from my senior group this afternoon and after a very long nap, I went out to check out the pistacio tree. The Ravens have been visiting it for a few days, a sure sign they are about ready to harvest. The yellow ones seem to be ripening first. The red blush means they're not really ready. Discovered that the Ravens nip off the ends of the ones that are really ripe. This lets them dry out and start to split open. So I've been robbing their ready to harvest nuts. Too bad for them, I paid for the water, not them.

In a couple of weeks they will turn from nuts to seedlings. So I have several pounds drying out, and will harvest more this weekend. Got to get out my ladder because the very best ones seem to be either inside the branches or up high. This is exactly what they look like. Last year I waited too long to harvest them and many were yech. The ones I got today are perfect, nice and fat.
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There are groves of pistachios south of Phoenix. Along with the pecans. As the trees age and stop producing well, they are cut and replaced. The guy that I buy mesquite from, slabs the pistachio and pecan trees. It's some very pretty wood. The pistachio can be a very nice white but, the pink is stunning.

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My tree is pretty old, but incredibly productive. The wood is pretty skinny and split here and there from the weight of the nuts. They are best dried out in the sun where most of them will split open on their own. Lets the nuts dry out too. An amazing amount of moisture in the shells and nuts for a desert plant.

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Put the freshly picked nuts outside to dry in the heat and air. They're splitting open like popped corn! Who knew it could be this easy. Got about 5 lbs so far. Hope Ernie the elephand doesn't find out.

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This has been really interesting Tom. I never knew how pistachio nuts were grown before. They're available here, but they were never a common thing for me growing up in New Zealand
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This has been really interesting Tom. I never knew how pistachio nuts were grown before. They're available here, but they were never a common thing for me growing up in New Zealand
Take a look Apparently, they do well in OZ.

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@1fizgig They thrive in places with hot, dry summers and cool winters. That's us on the edge of the Mojave desert. I have a lady friend who moved to New Zealand 25-30 years ago to marry a man who had a stationers store. She lives in Christchurch and really loves it there. The government made her jump through considerale hoops to become a citizen there. I know she had quite an inheritance from her parents, who were founders of the Dozier art auction house in Beverly Hills, California.

I'm finding it wonderful to be able to harvest those nuts, but the need a light roasting to be wonderful. And a touch of salt. It is a beautiful tree, thick, leathery deepgreen leaves, the magenta to yellow nuts and a tangle of branches. The long main branches grow out and every foot or so, four branches grow out in one spot, NSEW--which suggests a very ancient variety of tree. Low fat, low calorie content.
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@1fizgig They thrive in places with hot, dry summers and cool winters. That's us on the edge of the Mojave desert. I have a lady friend who moved to New Zealand 25-30 years ago to marry a man who had a stationers store. She lives in Christchurch and really loves it there. The government made her jump through considerale hoops to become a citizen there. I know she had quite an inheritance from her parents, who were founders of the Dozier art auction house in Beverly Hills, California.

I'm finding it wonderful to be able to harvest those nuts, but the need a light roasting to be wonderful. And a touch of salt. It is a beautiful tree, thick, leathery deepgreen leaves, the magenta to yellow nuts and a tangle of branches. The long main branches grow out and every foot or so, four branches grow out in one spot, NSEW--which suggests a very ancient variety of tree. Low fat, low calorie content.
Christchurch is where I was born and where I grew up. I only left in 2012 after the quakes, otherwise I'd likely still be there. It's very different now to the city I grew up in.

You're right, lightly roasted with salt is an awesome way to have those nuts. Mmm, I'm relishing just the thought of that!
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Another delicious and healthy snack are roasted and salted soy bean nuts. Check out this easy recipe.
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I think the Japanese also eat soyeans. Edamame is a little different, because it is made from immature soybeans, steamed. Very healthy stuff. Don't know where you can buy them for home consumption, but all Japanese restaurants have them. I really love eating them, such a nice flavor. A client I had back East had a home in the sticks, and on the way there, were huge fields of Soybeans.

On another topic, my daughter came back late Sunday night from delivering her portion of our institute's beginner course in Charlotte. I realized we really need to get her swamped with business. She has a third client in the works from that course, and maybe one other in the works. We're getting together today to work on some flyers for courses through Spring of next year. Get her busy. She's part of my retirement plan, you know.

We used to be published regularly in one of two journals, which really helped our reputation. That journal stopped publishing practice development articles, but the other still does. Our documentation now consists of 10 notebooks, so we can run bits and pieces for years without repeating ourselves. Means more writing and a little less energy/time for other pursuits.

Some of you older guys, do you find that you are only good for a few hours of work at a time, then you're done, maybe even wiped out for the rest of the day? Breathing is a problem especially with the heat out here on the edge of the Mojave Desert. We're also at about 3000 feet altitude (we're in a low spot). Happily our weather starts cooling off the first day of each season. In the low 60s just now (15 C) at night. Fall is my favorite season up here. Winter gets seriously cold, even occasional snow. We're just 40 minutes from several major ski resorts and we get some nasty cold winds then too.

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