Celebrating Christmas Around the World with Pistachios

Tuesday, December 20th, 2022

Every country has its special ways of celebrating Christmas. American Pistachio Growers compiled a unique list of ways to incorporate pistachios into Christmas traditions for several countries. We are sharing them with you here. Maybe you will want to include one of these ideas in your gift-giving celebrations this year.











Pistachio-Filled Apple Gift

Giving a gift-wrapped apple is a popular Chinese Christmas tradition. Some say the tradition came about because the
Chinese name for Christmas Eve (”Ping An Ye,” the eve of
safe and sound) sounds a lot like the name for “apple” (“Ping
An Guo,”the fruit of safe and sound). And so, it is common to gift apple ornaments or wrap gifts in boxes and jars shaped like apples. In China, pistachios are regarded as “the happy nut”. A festive apple container filled with Heart of the Desert pistachios is a gift filled with happiness and health.





South Korea

Pistachios and Tea Pairs Perfectly for the Holidays

With their rich flavor and vibrant hues, pistachios pair perfectly with teas. Enjoy delicious pistachios with a cup of hot tea for a warm, healthy holiday. Fill a box or jar with Heart of the Desert pistachios, label it with thoughtful messages, and pair it with a variety of teas and perhaps a tea set for a nutritiously warm and meaningful holiday gift.








Pistachio Dessert Box

With delectable undertones, this pistachio dessert’s flavors are enhanced by the richness and health benefits of pistachios. Pistachios are viewed as a very precious gift in India, making this a beautiful, healthy, and delicious gift for this holiday season!

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United Kingdom

Pistachio Cracker

Christmas Crackers, made with short cardboard tubes wrapped in colorful paper, are a traditional holiday favorite in the UK.

As tradition goes, there is normally a cracker next to each plate on the dinner table during the holidays. When the crackers are pulled – with a BANG – a gift falls out. What better gift than festive and delicious Heart of the Desert pistachios?






Here are several German-inspired projects and recipes to try.

Oatmeal Pistachio Stars

Roasted Pistachios

Pistachio Liqueur

Pistachio Sticks

Pistachio Gift Card Decorations



Pistachio Cookie Tree

This Pistachio Cookie Tree is a nutritious, yet delicious homemade cookie tree made from pistachios. It is the perfect festive dessert to make with family at holiday gatherings.

Meringue, mouthwatering frosting, Heart of the Desert pistachios, and colorful chunks of cranberries. Gather the ingredients to create a holiday gift box so friends can create their own Christmas Pistachio Cookie Tree.

Step-by-step tips for making your own delicious tree




Pistachio Neules

Neules are a traditional Spanish Christmas dessert that was first referenced when King Jaume I “El Conqueridor” (James I The Conqueror) served this dessert for Christmas in Catalonia in 1267 (XIII  Century). Fast forward to the present day: Neules are enjoyed at almost every holiday celebration in Spain. This holiday season, enhance this traditional dessert by making it with delicious and nutritious Heart of the Desert pistachios.

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We love the soothing idea of pistachios with hot tea…how fun would it be to do the crackers at each place setting for Christmas dinner?…and that Pistachio Liquor sounds like a must try.  What stood out for you?  We hope you enjoy trying at least one this year.



Heart of the Desert is a working pistachio ranch and vineyard with four retail establishments in New Mexico. They are best known for their farm fresh pistachios and Award-Winning New Mexico wines.  Each store offers wine and pistachio tastings. They offer worldwide shipping and produce attractive gourmet baskets that make great corporate and family gifts. The main store, on the ranch in Alamogordo, offers farm tours that showcases how pistachios are grown and processed as well as a stunning Tuscany themed patio that overlooks the groves and is available for weddings, private parties or enjoying a relaxing glass of wine.