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English Mustard
English Mustard is quite hot. It comes either as a powder in a tin, or as a prepared mustard in a jar.

If a recipe just says "English Mustard" or "mustard powder", it's the powder that is meant. The powder is mostly used in the kitchen, the prepared is used at the table. The prepared is bright yellow from the turmeric in it.

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Pistachios
Pistachio nuts grow on a tree called the "pistacia." Pistacia trees need to be at least 7 years old to really start producing, but once they get going, trees have been known to last for at least two centuries. There are male and female pistacia trees. You need to have both planted in close proximity to each other, as they cross-pollinate via the wind, and no pollination, no nuts. The trees grow 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 metres) tall.

When the trees reach the age of 5 years, they will start producing nuts. They reach full production capacity at around 15 years old, and will keep on producing for about 50 years after that.

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