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Much has been written about the Shamrock Shake. Some love it, some hate it, many people can't even find it. But why so much hype over a mint milkshake when there's a green nut just waiting to be turned into a emerald-colored frosty treat?
Mint isn't even part of the Irish tradition at all. It's just an inexpensive way to turn a lot of things green on St. Paddy's. I have nothing against mint; it's a lovely herb and has great flavor. But isn't it time that pistachios got some St. Patrick's Day love?
Pistachios are a festive green with lots of nutty flavor. Pistachio kernels get their color from chlorophyll, the same pigment that makes leaves on trees green. If you want to create a very bright green beverage you may want to add a few drops of green food coloring. You can also use pistachio ice cream if you prefer, but we liked the creamy texture of adding pistachio butter to vanilla ice cream.
Either way, pistachio milkshakes on St. Patrick's day are a nutty and delicious way to get your green on.
About the author: Lee Zalben was a PB&J-loving kid that grew up to be the founder and president of Peanut Butter & Co., which began as a Greenwich Village sandwich shop serving nothing but peanut butter sandwiches and expanded to include the now-famous line of all natural flavored peanut butter. Lee is a graduate of Vassar College and enjoys traveling the world in search of interesting foods made with peanuts, tree nuts, and seeds. When he's not working, eating, flying or writing, he enjoys scuba diving and training elephants.