If you want some pistachio nuts, this is the place to come for. Aegina port is full of these nut shops, selling pistachio nuts in every form. Salted, unsalted, in ice-cream, in honey, in biscuits, small bags, big bags. You just can’t get away from pistachio nuts. Lois and I are certainly not complaining – they are my favorite nuts, and Aegina has thousands of pistachio nut trees. The trees grow on just about every street corner (the other corners have olive trees growing on them), and every shop sells nuts grown “from our family trees on the island”.
Aegina is the European home of pistachio nuts. Every shop has them for sale, and if you talk to the owners they will tell you that the nuts are grown on their family trees (excuse the pun). But when you start to wonder around the island you start to realise that it is true. There are pistachio trees grown all over the island, and it is difficult to walk down a street without your feet crunching on nuts that have quite literally fallen on the ground.
And its not just the nuts that you can buy, you can buy pistachio nut bars, pistachio ice-cream, pistachio nuts soaked in honey, raw pistachio nuts, roasted pistachio nuts, with salt, without salt…you get the idea.
And in the restaurants you will almost certainly be given a small bowl to nibble on while waiting for your meal.