What’s the product?
Beautiful pale green pistachios, still in their ruby husk and pale golden shells, dry-roasted to a traditional Greek recipe with a sprinkling of sea salt and a hint of lemon.
Who’s behind it?
Jane Hope-Johnstone was the original brains behind the business (which started out as Pistachio Provenance), working with a small cooperative of traditional pistachio growers in Greece who supply the raw materials. As the business has grown, Jane’s family Andy and Rachel have gotten involved, helping with a recent re-brand to Hope + Arley. Although the raw materials do come from Greece, the business itself is based just outside Bradford-on-Avon, 7 miles from Bath.
What’s the story?
Jane and her family were on holiday in Greece when they tried the best pistachios they’d ever tasted, and Jane had a flash of inspiration that there was a gap in the UK market for high quality pistachios with provenance. Greece is the perfect place to provide the sunshine, well-drained soil and long summers that are needed to nourish the trees and ripen the nuts, and produces some of the world’s best pistachios, including the Fthiotida pistachios that Hope + Arley sell, which carry a PDO, or Protected Designation of Origin. Pistachios are often a special treat as they tend to be a little pricey, but have you ever wondered why? Mainly, it’s because it takes a long time to grow a flourishing pistachio tree – they don’t start producing a significant harvest until they’re about ten years old, but must be carefully looked after for all that time, so pistachio farmers have to think sustainable and long-term. When they’re finally ready, the nuts are gently shaken from the trees onto collecting sheets and gently dried in traditional wood-fired ovens. Dry-roasted with a pinch of Greek sea salt and lemon juice, they are the most incredible accompaniment with any drink.
Why we love them…
You can taste every bit of the love and care that has been poured into these very special pistachios – they really are outstandingly delicious. We think they make the ultimate bar snack, especially paired with a frosty beer!