French farmers seek a pistachio bonanza

Pistachios are a staple of the vaunted French aperitif, but the nuts come from thousands of miles away, a situation a handful of farmersin the southern Provence region hope to change. Although wild uncultivated pistachios can be found across the hills hugging the Mediterranean Sea in southern France, remnants of trees brought over from Syria by the Romans, it is vineyards and fruit orchards that dominate the rugged landscape. But now, weather conditions that can increasingly include long dry spells could herald the return of drought-resistantpistachiotrees in the coming years. "It is a gamble but we are not crazy, we have got both feet on the ground," said Jean-Louis Joseph,...

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