(Pistacia vera), small tree of the cashew family (Anacardiaceae) and
its edible seeds. Grown in dry lands in warm or temperate climates. The
seed kernels can be eaten fresh or roasted and are commonly used in a
variety of desserts, including baklava, halvah, and ice cream. They are
also used for yellowish-green colouring in confections. The seeds are
high in protein, fat, dietary fibre, and vitamin B6.