ARO Pistachios has joined GigaOM in co-sponsoring our men’s elite cycling team consisting of 10 racers: David Bangor, Jason Benford, Joseph Ison, Kevin Leong, Naveen Molloy, Gabe Morford, Jaffa Prince, Zachary Scott, Connor Spencer, Travis “T.” Big Kudos to David Bangor from GigaOM-ARO Pistachios who won Topsport Stage Race” this month! The team competes in the highest level of amateur racing known as the “elite” Category 1/2. We got on the inside racing track with our Q&A for the team’s insights, tips, and philosophies in training and achievement.
Q. 1. Describe how the team was conceived and formed.
A. The team was started by Connor Spencer, Joseph Ison, and Naveen Molloy. We were all on another team, but at a certain point we realized our definition of team was not the way things were. We collectively had a vision of how we wanted our ideal team to operate and so we simply decided, “lets give it a shot.” After a couple of weeks of talking to others and putting ideas together, things fell into place, and it has just been great progress ever since.
Q. 2. Where is the team located? Where does the team train primarily?
A. We are based out of San Francisco, Calif. with a couple of riders in the Oakland/Berkeley area. We primarily train in Marin County and around the Bay Area. We are pretty blessed with some of the best riding just outside our doors.
Q. 3. What is the team’s usual training routine in terms of cycling? In terms of other sports training in fortifying and preparing for training?
A. Most of our riders work with the Whole Athlete (http://wholeathlete.com/) program which is run by Dario Fredrick. They devise training plans tailored specifically for each rider and their respective goals. In addition, we have days off the bike to work on yoga and core workouts, as well as meditation training. Cycling isn’t just about pedaling hard, so the program is great about making everything else work well together, nutrition, your body with yoga stretches, and mentally being a smart focused racer. In addition, we are lucky to have the support and sponsorship of Dan Tian Wellness (http://www.dantianwellness.com/). Edith Chan comes from a holistic approach of healing clients, and because of her endurance sports background, she is very knowledgeable in helping the team with injuries and nutrition.
Q. 4. Do you see a nutritionist in your wellness program? Describe any benefits from integrating pistachios in your program? Or just why they are an ideal food for cycling?
A. Edith Chan also helps the team in this department. One of things she emphasizes is eating simple high nutritional foods. ARO Pistachios Continue reading “Positive Mental Attitude, Work Hard, Have Fun, and Race as a Team”: Debuting GigaOM-ARO Pistachios Men’s Elite Cycling Team
CEO Adam Orandi at the Fresno Food Expo
The Fresno Convention Center was transformed into an agricultural showcase hosting the 3rd annual Fresno Food Fair on Thursday, March 14th, 2013. ARO Pistachios, Inc. joined nearly 200 regional food and wine exhibitors meeting with over 640 industry grocers, purveyors, international buyers, and hundreds more comprising the foodie public.
Expo ARO Pistachios morning team: Priscilla Rocha, Adam Orandi, and Pamela Heath touting benefits of Himalayan Pink Salted Pistachios
The event was broadcast throughout the day luring over 1,000 ticket-paying attendees over the course of the evening portion. ARO Pistachios highlighted the benefits of Himalayan Pink Salt and our small batch roasting with Why Pink? sprinkled throughout our booth. Himalayan Pink Salt contains a higher mineral and trace element content while a lower sodium content compared to sodium chloride or sea salt. Everyone delighted in sampling and seeing Himalayan Pink Salt up close, commenting that it really is pink!
Johnny Sanchez rounds out the Expo evening shift with samples of ARO pistachios for all!
Next year’s show is slated for July 2014. The Expo is expected to dramatically increase in size by conducting it in summer thus allowing for even more seasonal products to be introduced to the public. See you there!
Fresno Food Expo 2013 ARO Pistachios, Inc. booth exhibit
According to the Gregorian calendar, February 26th is the 57th day of the calendar. This also marks 308 days remaining in the year. But at ARO Pistachios, Inc., February 26th is also known as National Pistachio Day! Come be nutty with us in celebrating the superfood we love: P-I-S-T-A-C-H-I-O-S
***National Pistachio Day Facebook event: We are hosting a major virtual internet social media celebration to include pistachio nut-rition highlights, pistachio-ology fun facts, and celebratory ARO Pistachio prize packages. At 8 a.m., 2 p.m., and 8 p.m. PST we will randomly draw winners! Visit our social media link for details: www.facebook.com/aropistachios to join the festivities!
***National Pistachio Day Sweepstakes Power Prize: All of our ARO Pistachios customers who make a purchase referencing voucher code “FEB26″ in honor of National Pistachio Day will be automatically entered to win our sweepstakes power prize consisting of:
*5 LB package of The Signature, perfectly roasted and expertly seasoned with Himalayan Pink Salt
*2 LB container of gourmet ARO Pistachios
*1 LB package of gourmet ARO Pistachios
*9 OZ container of gourmet ARO Pistachio kernels
*6 OZ power snack pack of gourmet ARO Pistachios
***ALL pistachio nut orders receive 5% off and ALL orders of $50+ receive a complimentary 6 OZ ARO Pistachios power package. To redeem this discount, just mention voucher code “FEB26″ when ordering.
ARO Pistachio Power Pack
Known as The Love Nut for its heart healthy and aphrodisiac properties, it’s no wonder pistachios attract Cupid’s magic in the orchards. Male and female trees at Orandi Ranch eagerly await Spring when new buds will be visible.
Cupid’s love-tipped bow visits our orchards.
In Greek mythology Eros, known as Cupid—the son of Venus and Aphrodite—with his bow and magic-tipped arrow is an iconic association with Valentine’s Day. Early celebrations may have evolved from the ancient Roman festival of Lupercalia, which celebrated Spring and fertility pairing young men and women together for one year. At ARO Pistachios, Inc., our pairing is Himalayan Pink Salt and our gourmet colossal pistachios!
St. Valentine’s Day is derived from Saint Valentine who conducted secret wedding ceremonies and was martyred circa 269. In 496 February 14th was designated as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom. He is often depicted with roses. St. Valentine’s Day became popular in England during the 17th century and enthusiasm for the holiday spread to North America. Today Valentine’s Day is celebrated on February 14th in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France, and Australia. And at Orandi Ranch we celebrate pistachio love every day.
Here are some other Valentine’s Day traditions and factoids:
* S.W.A.K. Americans began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. Today 75% of Americans exchange Valentine’s Day cards, of which 85% purchasing those cards are women.
* Flowers. An estimated 110 million roses are expected to be sent this year on Valentine’s Day. We give pistachios as a symbol of heart healthy love and natural aphrodisiac.
* Chocolate. The Chocolate Manufacturer’s Association of America expects 36 million boxes of chocolate are sold for Valentine’s Day. The first Valentine’s Day candy box was created in the late 1800s and now 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are bought for Valentine’s Day. Stay tuned for our debut of ARO Pistachios pristine-ly dusted Himalayan Pink Salt Dark Chocolate Drizzled pistachio kernels!
* Weddings. During Valentine’s Day week in Las Vegas, Nevada, the marriage license bureau is open 24 hours a day to accommodate the spike in wedding ceremonies.
* Meanwhile in Terra Bella, our folklore suggests lovers who meet under a moonlit night in the orchards will be happy in fortune and love forever. Feeling Orandi?
Pistachio Love Facts:
* According to studies reported by the American Pistachio Growers Association, erectile dysfunction can subside by consuming 3.5 ounces of pistachios daily for 3 weeks.
* The U.S. Food and Drug Administration states that tree nuts such as pistachios can assist in managing healthy cholesterol levels, inflammation, and blood vessel health. Make superfood pistachios—packed with antioxidants—your true love.
Love yourself today and a little more tomorrow!
Pistachios: Nature’s Aphrodisiac
It’s COLD. But our trees love it—why??? In order to bear fruit in a growing season, pistachio trees require a minimum of 400 hours of weather 42f degrees or cooler. This triggers the trees to become dormat which “resets” their annual growing cycle. When weather and climate do not provide sufficient Chilling Hours, instead of bearing fruit, pistachio trees exemplify vegetative energy.
Based on the weather experienced thus far since harvest, ARO Pistachios, Inc. anticipates a forthcoming bountiful growing season!
ARO Pistachio orchards in Winter at Orandi Ranch
Happy New Year Greetings! It is positively radiant and rejuvenating to discover EMERALD is officially Color of The Year for 2013.
Emerald PMS 17-5641 Color of The Year 2013. Radiant, rejuvenating, and synonymous with Nature.
If there is one thing universally known about pistachios, it’s that they are green. Our pistachio orchards are overjoyed to learn EMERALD green has been selected by PANTONE, world-renown color experts, as Color of The Year for 2013. In its array of shades, green is the hue most associated with growth, prosperity, health, vibrance, and joy. In color psychology, green is one of the most restorative hues, harkening us to Nature.
For all of these reasons and more, we wish everyone a bountiful and inspiring year. Best wishes from all the buds, leaves, nuts and news ahead from the Orandi Ranch orchards at ARO Pistachios!
Celebrate Good Times, C’Mon! New Year’s Eve reminds us of one thing: GOOD TIMES. At ARO Pistachios, we have gathered some highlights of 2012 to share.
Happy Nut Year!
January: The famous Orandi Ranch pistachio trees are sleeping, seemingly dormant while Nature rejuvenates the orchards during Winter.
This 42-year-old female pistachio tree prepares for spring buds.
February: The American Pistachio Growers Annual Conference in San Diego, California, attended by CEO Adam R. Orandi and father Dr. Mehdi Orandi, a legendary industry pioneer.
The Orandi Men, father-son, at American Pistachio Growers Association Western Conference 2012
March: New buds appearing on the Orandi Ranch pistachio trees. Spring is definitely in the air.
April: The ARO Pistachios, Inc. product line becomes American Heart Association Certified in addition to our existing Kosher certification and existence as naturally gluten-free, vegan, and never genetically modified.
May: ARO Pistachios, Inc. attends the Dried Fruit Association Food Safety Seminar, San Diego, California.
Ben Guyer, Plant Manager with ARO Pistachio Owner and CEO Adam Orandi
June: ARO Pistachios, Inc. attends the Natural Products Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. We peruse the delicious samples of foods and coffees, as well as soy candles, soaps, and homeopathic trends. (Photograph snapped CEO Adam R. Orandi spotted in white T-shirt & American Pistachio Growers hat.)
Photo from Natural Products Association Marketplace. The show was held at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV, June 14-16, 2012.
July: Odelay joins our pack! We discovered him as a three-week-old puppy discarded along a nearby highway. We immediately adopted him and continue to watch him develop from fitting in our hands to now 60+ LBS of sheer muscle and unconditional love.
Odelay, the Wonder Dog!
August: Two-year anniversary marking the grand re-opening of the processing plant situated on-site at historic Orandi Ranch.
ARO Processing Plant
September: Harvest 2012! Need we say more?
Fresh picked from the tree for immediate processing.
October: Debuting the 6 OZ Power Pack! This convenient package is designed for on-the-go snacking.
November: Launch of our revised web site and social media channels. Visit us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.
December: Unprecedented, first time ever, Christmas lights are up at The Ranch. Merry & bright!
Christmas Eve at The Ranch
It’s been a festive holiday season and we look forward to hearing about your New Year’s Resolutions, the nuttier the better.
Happy New Year 2013!
And all through the ranch house … not a creature was stirring … not even a mouse (thanks to Minnie Minne-Sota, the huntress Jack Russell Terrier).
Christmas Eve at The Ranch
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.
ARO Pistachio Stocking Stuffers
In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.
White Christmas White Chocolate Drizzled Cranberry Pistachio Biscotti for Saint Nick
And gourmet Brilliant Holiday Pistachio Cranberry Brittle for the reindeer!
… While visions of sugarplums, bones, bacon, and chasing squirrels danced in their heads.
Comfy & Cozy by the Fireplace
So close now. Santa Claus, we’re ready for you to touchdown and re-fuel with power pistachios at Orandi Ranch. And remember … we’ve been good this year!
Santa Claus & Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen, & Rudolph on North Pole Tracker
Happy Holidays from ARO Pistachios and Happy New Year!
A Year of Gourmet Pistachio Nuts is a dream for any pistachio lover. Conceived for convenience and variety, ARO Pistachios offers two statement packages: A Year of The Sampler and A Year of The Signature!
A Year of The Sampler
Enjoy four installments sent seasonally or three cycled installments over 12 months
For a true pistachio nut connoisseur, The Sampler is the best of all worlds.
1ST installment = 5 LBS of The Signature Gourmet ARO Pistachios in resealable packaging (as shown in photo above)
2ND installment = 2 LBS of Gourmet ARO Pistachios + 2.5 LBS ARO Gourmet Unsalted Kernels, a buttery texture and pure taste
3RD installment = 2 LBS of ARO Gourmet Guacamole + 2 LBS ARO Gourmet Chile Arbol, our most requested seasoned pistachios
4TH installment = 4 LBS of Gourmet ARO Pistachios packaged in convenient 1-LB resealable packages to enjoy anytime anywhere
The Sampler! This suite of gourmet ARO Pistachio products is fully loaded to satisfy and delight the true pistachio connoisseur and every gourmand!
A Year of The Signature
5 LBS of our Signature Gourmet ARO Pistachios available seasonally or monthly
Perfectly roasted in-shell, handcrafted with Himalayan Pink Salt our industry top-graded colossal pistachios are the biggest cultivated in the USA and our biggest seller. The Signature comprises the top 2%—even 1%—of all pistachios produced in the country and deserves this rank as the cream of the crop.
The Signature, a 5 LB resealable package containing our perfectly roasted in-shell pistachio nuts exclusively handcrafted with Himalayan Pink Salt.
SEASONAL SCHEDULE: Your first gift ships by UPS. The remaining 3 installments will ship by UPS on the first day of the seasons, Winter December 21st / Spring March 21st / Summer June 21st / Fall September 21st.
MONTHLY SCHEDULE: Your first gift ships by UPS. The following 11 installments will ship by UPS on the first day of every month!
Whether sending gourmet ARO Pistachios as gifts or to treat yourself, once you’ve placed your order file this under complete and rest assured your installments will arrive as scheduled to be enjoyed and appreciated throughout the year!
NOTES: Order 24/7 on-line at www.aropistachios.com/shop.html or speak directly with an ARO Pistachios, Inc. employee at Orandi Ranch for order assistance. Call us toll-free at 855-535-1500 Mondays–Fridays, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST.
P.S.***Don’t forget to specify your gift message, which is included and complimentary with each order.
Personalized gift messaging is included with our compliments for each of your holiday gift orders.
Discover why our suite of gourmet pistachio nut products remains synonymous with gourmet expectations and exquisite satisfaction. Be confident in knowing when you give ARO Pistachios you are indeed giving the best of the best, substantiated by the industry as fancy gourmet top tier grade. Taste home-grown goodness from our orchards to you, your family and friends!
Gourmet ARO Pistachios combine multiple generations of Old World Persian pistachio farming passed down through centuries with over 40 years of California artisan methodology and American food safety standards. The result is the largest pistachios in existence and of gourmet caliber. Superior in nutrition, quality, taste and texture and exclusively handcrafted with Himalayan Pink Salt, which contains over 84 minerals and trace elements.
Gourmet ARO Pistachios
From branch to bag to you, our pistachios are naturally farmed at our family owned-and-operated famous Orandi Ranch orchards—grown, cultivated, harvested, and processed on-site to remain as closely possible to their original state, vegan, gluten-free, kosher certified and never genetically modified or enhanced by artificial dyes. ARO Pistachios are naturally beautiful and pristine. Indeed, what you see is what you get!
The Famous Orandi Ranch Orchards, Terra Bella, California: A detail of perfectly sun-ripened pistachio nut clusters during harvest.