That Billion Pound-Plus Crop of Pistachios is Maturing on the Trees
And consumers around the world love California pistachios, but the industry must stay ahead of the demand. “Yeah, that's correct. We got to stay ahead of it. And that's why we need to always look a year or two, if not three years ahead of time tto make sure we have a home for our growing crop supply.
“You know, we had a little hiccup with the tariff, but somehow or another pistachios are getting the foreign markets anyway. And once people have California pistachios, it's kind of hard to go back to Iranian pistachios. So they're wanting them and the industry has places fro the to go I mean, we went to Europe and really opened up that market,” Valov said.
And the country of India, they'd love California pistachios. “That’s huge market, a huge market,” said Valov. “But you know, everyone has their problems, but they say they don't have enough nuts, believe it or not. So, people ask me if we should keep planting. I wish they wouldn't keep planting. But you know, I just planted another 300 acres last year, so I'm still gung ho on pistachios,” he said.