Growing and Harvesting
The pistachio tree Pistacia vera originated in western Asia and Asia Minor, made its way into Mediterranean Europe and now thrives in the dry climates of the American west. Advanced production technologies, efficient harvesting and sophisticated growing techniques now make the United States number one in global commercial production.
CBS 47 Eye on Ag Minute: Watch as American Pistachio Growers President, Richard Matoian, explains how pistachios are harvested.
Nature decides when it’s time to harvest pistachios. In the American West, harvest takes place anywhere from late – August to early – October when the fruit is mature and the shell has split.
For American Pistachio Growers, the year’s work culminates in the highly coordinated effort between our member growers and processors to harvest and deliver the crop quickly and efficiently. This process ensures the highest quality pistachios year after year.