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Natural Pistachio Flavor | Trends & Innovation

Consumers are nuts about pistachios!  These sweet green gems are packed with health benefits and an addictive savory-yet-sweet taste (bet you can’t eat just one).  It’s therefore not surprising that pistachio flavor has become increasingly popular, showing up in café lattes, energy bars, vegan cheeses, and plant milks.  What makes natural pistachio flavor so special and how can you use it in food and beverage products?

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What does natural pistachio flavor taste like?

Natural pistachio flavor is meaty yet sweet, with notes of fruity avocado, buttery olive, and earthy mushroom.  It’s this duality that enables pistachio to blend effortlessly into savory dishes such as roasted vegetables and pastas, yet also perform beautifully as the star flavor in desserts like cakes, ice cream, pastries, and pies.  Where would baklava be without the heavenly combination of honey, butter, rose water, and pistachio flavor?

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What pairs well with pistachio?

While pistachio is great all on its own, it really shines as part of a complex flavor system.  Naturally tart fruit flavors such as raspberry, blueberry, cranberry, orange, pineapple, and passionfruit perfectly complement pistachio’s distinctive taste profile.  These fruits add fresh top notes and a bright acidity that balances the nutty richness of pistachio.  If you’re looking for innovative uses for natural pistachio flavor, why not try a blueberry flavored pistachio milk or a pistachio and pineapple panna cotta?  Pistachio flavor also works well with darker notes, such as chocolate, bourbon, espresso, and vanilla bean

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Pistachio or “pista” is a great flavor solution for dairy, vegan, and keto shake applications.

Savory pistachio pairings

When experimenting with pistachio flavor there are many savory options to explore.  Pistachio excels alongside savory flavors like garlic, legumes, and chili peppers.  Adding pistachio flavor to pesto or a soft ripened cheese delivers unexpected nuance.  Elevate hummus with an infusion of pistachio flavored extra virgin olive oil or update your snack portfolio with pistachio flavored potato chips.  As you guessed, pistachio is extremely versatile, working its magic in as many food and beverage products as you can dream up.

Pistachio is a functional food, too! Read a scientific journal paper on the health benefits of pistachios.

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Pistachio flavor adds a sweet and nutty kick to pesto.

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By now, you should have a much better understanding of the best natural flavors to pair with pistachio. With so many delicious options available, it’s easy to find a combination that works for your specific application.  Whether you’re looking for a sweet or savory profile, use pistachio to create a custom natural flavor that is as unique as it is delicious!

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