Last Saturday I spent the afternoon and evening in Cochise County at their county Farm Bureau Picnic. We had a great tour of Cochise Groves, a pistachio farm and Golden Rule Vineyard. We had about 60 people show up and it didn't rain. It rained on me on the way there and just a few drops after I was headed back to Phoenix.
I did drive through a mud puddle pretty fast and felt great about getting the truck a little dirty- made me think of home.
I learned a few things about pistachios and wine grapes.
1. pistachios that are red in color are dyed to hide the flaws and stained shells from harvesting.
2. clear or natural shells are usually pistachios grown in the U.S. which means it comes from either CA (#1), AZ (#2), NM(#3) or TX (#4).
3. Pistachios don't actually grow out until almost harvest time, unlike all other crops such as corn, lettuce and such.
4. a pistachio tree can last for up to 50 years.
5. Male trees don't produce nuts.
6. Bees do not pollinate trees- it is done by the wind.
7. Wine grape vines are cut for two years before they actually are allowed to produce fruit.
8. Wine grapes taste nothing like regular grapes.