The Farm

Our Story

About the Santa Barbara Pistachio Company

In 1991, the Zannon family began Santa Barbara Pistachio Company with the goal of producing the best-tasting, all-natural organic pistachios available anywhere.

Grown on our family farm in the hills of the Sierra Madre Range in Santa Barbara County, our sunny days and cool, clear nights are perfect for growing organically. At an altitude of 2,900 feet, this high-desert climate is almost identical to the pistachio’s native climate in Western Asia.

The Zannon Family
The Zannon Family
Tristan, Gene, Gail & Josh

As the only locally-owned and family-managed organic pistachio farm on the Central Coast, Santa Barbara Pistachio controls every phase of production. From planting, farming and harvesting, to brine flavoring, hot-air roasting and hand-packaging. We are very proud to sell only what we grow, allowing us to maintain our unique product and guarantee that all of our pistachios meet our strict quality standards.

Known as the “Original Home of the Flavored Pistachio,” Santa Barbara Pistachio Company has developed a unique process for roasting and flavoring our high-quality nuts.  The result being a delicate crunch and a distinctively intense pistachio flavor.  Naturally tree-ripened, Santa Barbara Pistachios are brined with 100% natural Organic ingredients to saturate the nuts with gourmet flavor.  To ensure maximum freshness, our pistachios are then hot air-roasted in small batches daily.  The low roast temperature never rises above 180 degrees, so our nuts retain their natural oils where their sweet flavor is derived.

Still a small family enterprise

Still a small family enterprise, in these modern times of corporate high-tech agribusiness, Santa Barbara Pistachio Company is owned and operated by Gene and Gail Zannon. Their son Tristan is in charge of farming the 420 acres of pistachios trees, while their son Josh manages production and sales. At Santa Barbara Pistachio Company, quality does grow on trees….Our family tree!

Santa Barbara Pistachio products are currently available in local Farmer’s Markets, specialty stores and fine food purveyors across the country. Our goal today remains the same… to produce the best Organic All-Natural Pistachios available direct from the farm. They are Kosher certified, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and 100% Certified Organic by CCOF.

From our farm to your home, it is our mission to offer you “the taste of health and freshness” in every bag. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, protein and fiber, pistachios are one of the healthiest nuts with no cholesterol or trans-fats. If you want a snack food that is not a junk food, you’ll love our nutritious, Organic Santa Barbara Pistachios. We are so sure that you’ll agree, we back our pistachios with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.