Syria exports 3.036 tons of pistachio

HAMA, (S.T) _ It is known that Syria's pistachio ranks first in terms of high quality and nutritional value.  

Syria has exported this season a huge amount of pistachio to several Arab and foreign countries reached 1.200 tons of peeled pistachio plus 1.836 tons of unshelled one, according to SANA,

 "The total value of the exported pistachios estimated up to S.P 3 billion," said Hama Chamber of Agriculture on Wednesday

Khaled Merei Qasem, the Chamber's Head, asserted that Hama province comes first in pistachio production in Syria with 22,000 tons.

The total number of pistachio trees in Hama estimated at 3.318.000;of which 2.844.000 are fruitful.

Scientifically speaking , a handful of pistachio nuts a day can help destroy bad cholesterol, ward off heart disease and prevent cancer.

The nuts are full of antioxidants that protect cells from damage by harmful chemicals, called 'free radicals'.

The results published in the "Journal of Nutrition" follows previous research by the same team that discovered pistachios help destroy bad cholesterol that can lead to heart attacks and stroke.

Basma Qaddour