SomruS Origins: The History of Pistachios

When we went in search of our five signature flavors for SomruS, we went old-school—like, way, way back. We went so far back that we picked up one of the plants likely cultivated in the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. That’s right, during 700 BC people were already enjoying pistachios. Like almonds, pistachios are seeds rather than nuts. But this faulty categorization hasn’t stopped people from cracking them out of their distinctively coy, semi-ready shells for thousands of years.

It might be hard to believe, but human pistachio consumption has been traced back as far as 78,000 years ago. While these ancient seeds weren’t always one of the key staples of India, pistachios thrive in hot, dry conditions, and regions of India have long provided pockets for cultivation. Lately, pistachios have started to make their way into India from the Mediterranean, Australia, China, the Middle East and the United States.

In recent generations, pistachios have become increasingly popular in Indian cuisine. Right now, they’re second only to almonds, and they’re frequently found in a variety of desserts. So when we were deciding on flavors to complement our subtly-spiced and creamy SomruS, we couldn’t think of anything we’d rather taste than the earthy sweetness of the pistachio. We hope you appreciate it as much as we do. There’s a lot of precedent behind our decision.