The South African pistachio industry were originally established at Prieska in the Northern Cape at the hand of an IDC project in the late 1990's. This location was deemed 'as one of the most suitable areas in the world' due to its 'hot, dry summers, plentiful water from the Orange River, cold winters, and good soils for orchard plantations.'
In 2011 the IDC decided to close down Green Valley Nuts project after numerous challenges, and left surrounding farmers to pick up the baton. Two farms continued with their orchards and had been harvesting pistachios commercially since 2014.
Pistachios is one of the worlds most sought after nuts, commands good prices, and can only be grown in a few areas in the world.
For find out more about pistachios, visit the University of California's page.