A Turkish pistachio is a variety of the pistachio nut, originating in Turkey and cultivated there and in other regions of the world. Turkey is a major producer of pistachios, ranking third in worldwide production after Iran and the United States. Turkish pistachio nut is slightly smaller than other varieties but has superior flavour. These pistachios are also known as Antep pistachios. Turkish pistachio has been cultivated for thousands of years.
The flavour of the Turkish pistachio is widely regarded as being superior to other varieties. It is the sweetest and most robustly flavoured of all pistachio varieties, a characteristic which is enhanced by roasting. This makes the Turkish pistachio particularly well suited to all kinds of culinary uses, especially desserts like Turkish Delights and Baklava. Like all pistachios, the Turkish pistachio is considered to be a very healthy food, with no cholesterol, high protein content, and no saturated fats.