la valle del pistacchio
Harvesting occurs just in odd years, between the end of August and the beginning of September, it lasts about a month, and it is really hard and laborious. Because of the rocky land, the harvest is still totally handmade, shaking the branch, dropping the fruit into sacks hung on the neck or on cloths placed on the ground, under the plants. As soon as the pistachio is harvested it is covered by the hull from which it is separated by mechanical rubbing. Successively pistachio needs to be dried. Until 2015, the drying was made with the traditional method, leaving the fruit under the sun for 2 or 3 days, but starting from 2017 it will be made through mechanical dryers to reduce the drying time.