The Pistachia Tree.

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A tree common in the East. The trunk is covered with a brown rough bark, the branches grow irregularly, and their bark is reddish. The leaves are each composed of several pairs of small ones; these are oblong, broad, and of a beautiful green colour, and firm texture. The flowers grow in tufts; they are white and small; the fruit which succeeds is what we call the pistachia nut; it is as big as a filbert, but long and sharp-pointed, and it is covered with a tough wrinkled bark. The shell within this is woody and tough, but it easily enough divides into two parts, and the kernel within is of a greenish colour, but covered with a red skin. It is of a sweet taste.

The fruit is eaten, but it may be considered as a medicine; it opens obstructions of the liver, and it works by urine. It is an excellent restorative to be given to people wasted by consumptions, or other long and tedious illnesses.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.