How to Harvest Pistachio Nuts


Pistachio nuts are known for their one-of-a-kind taste and can be found in many different types of dishes and ice creams or can be eaten by themselves as a snack food. The tree that bears the pistachio nut can reach a height of 20 feet and usually does not produce an ample harvest until the tree reaches about 6 years of age. Pistachio trees are harvested during the fall season, and the pistachio nuts can be easily collected and stored at home.

Step 1

Spread a tarp underneath the portion of the tree where you will begin harvesting. Harvest the pistachio nuts during the fall when the nuts are are a reddish color and the hull peels off easily.

Step 2

Use a long pole to tap the branches of the tree. Tapping the branches will release the nuts from the branch and they will be collected on the tarp below.

Step 3

Gather up the fallen pistachio nuts and remove the nuts from their hulls. Place the hulled nuts to dry in a thin layer in a sunny location where they receive plenty of airflow. Allow the pistachio nuts to dry for three to four days.

Step 4

Place the dried nuts into an airtight container and store the container in a dry location until the pistachio nuts are needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Long pole
  • Tarp
  • Airtight storage container


  • University of California: Harvesting and Storing Your Home Orchard's Nut Crop
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