Head of Iran’s Association for Pistachio says that in the past few years the country’s harvest has plummeted from 280 thousand to 150 thousand tons, making Kerman province give its place as world’s pistachio hub to California, US.
Mohsen Jalalpour added "Producing 270 thousand tons of pistachio, the US has a production 1.5 times that of Iran. Since it exports half the harvest, it is expected as well that this year it will gain the first place in pistachio export.
It is to regret that now California is called the world’s center for pistachio whereas the title belonged to Kerman barely a few years ago, he mentioned.
Jalalpour also said that there is American pistachio being sold at Iranian markets "with quality in no way comparable to the Iranian.”
Iran used to be "the” center for the export of a number of agricultural products, including pistachio.