How to Remove Hulls From Pistachio Nuts

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How to Remove Hulls From Pistachio Nuts
You should hull pistachios before they get stained. (Keith Seaman - Camerad Inc/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

When pistachios are harvested, they are usually shaken from a tree and hulled within 24 hours. If harvesters wait more than 24 hours before hulling, the pistachio's inner shell -- which is commonly bagged for sale -- might be stained with a rose colour, depreciating its value. In order to avoid losing a harvest, farmers tend to quickly go about hulling their pistachios. Removing the hull of a pistachio is a fairly simple process and can be achieved through a few steps.

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  • Fingernails
  • Sharp object

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  1. 1

    Grab the raw pistachio firmly in one hand over a plate to catch the debris that hulling produces. Try not to let the pistachio slip from your fingers as they are quite soft.

  2. 2

    Use your free hand to puncture the soft hull with your fingernail. You can also use any other sharp object such as a knife.

  3. 3

    Peel the soft skin back with your fingers until the pistachio is completely free of its hull. When the pistachio is free of its hull, you'll be able to see the hard, white inner shell of the nut.

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