Growers and farmers have been harvesting great volumes of pistachios, meeting the rising demand of the green nut. Majority of Australia's pistachio crop is grown along the Murray River by about 20 growers.
The director of Australian Pioneer Pistachio Company, Chris Joyce who is also a grower said the industry and the growers have been doing well. He said pistachios are an alternative-bearing crop, a big crop one year then a much lesser crop the following year. "In 2018, we had a record crop and in 2019 we had the inevitable off-crop, significantly less than the previous crop."
A farmer said they have grown up with change all the time, from not knowing how to grow pistachios in the first place. He expressed gratitude to the Loxton Research Centre for helping them get the right variety. "Pistachios are a very desert-suited plant, so they don't mind the heat at all - in fact, if it is hot and dry in summer, it's ideal because any rain during spring and summer can cause diseases and they like a good cold winter."
Chris said the growing demand for pistachios is attributed to the awareness of its health benefits. "Pistachios are one of the least oily nuts that you get but they have a good range of vitamins and minerals."