7 Amazing Pistachio Pairings For You To Try
· April 4, 2021

In addition to the usual nutty, roasted flavors one would expect from a nut, pistachio also has a musty, almost "wet soil" like characteristic. It also exhibits woody, piney, and green pea-like notes, which make it a little quirky. Like almond, it has a milky roundness to its flavor.

What goes well with Pistachio?

After spending hours scouring recipe books and conducting tasting experiments, I've found the following flavor pairings all go well with Pistachio. Click on any match to view its flavor matches.

  • Apple

    Why this pairing works:In addition to its woody nuttiness, pistachio has a slightly pea-like flavour that blends in nicely with apple’s sweet green notes. For added bonus, it takes zero effort to get them to work together; I ate a chunk of apple with a few nuts and really enjoyed the result.

    E.g. Baked apple with caramel sauce and crushed pistachios.Impress your friends and family with this easy to make baked apple desert by Michelin star chef Raymond Blanc. Baked apples are coated with sugar and butter, served in an apple brandy caramel sauce and topped with crushed pistachios and almonds.

  • Mint

    E.g. Mint and pistachio chocolate fridge cake.I tried these two the other day straight out of the fridge, and they definitly match. Yotam Ottolenghi has a great recipe putting them to use with his extremely indulgent mint and pistachio chocolate fridge cake.

  • Orange

    E.g. Qatayef.There’s no shortage of baking recipes for these two, but I’d like to illustrate these two with a more exotic desert called Qatayef from the Middle East. These are little pancakes stuffed with ricotta-like cheese, crushed green pistachios, and drizzled over with a syrup heavily scented from orange blossom water. Light and sweet, they make for a tasty quick snack and are traditionally served during Ramadan.