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How to Draw Pistachios

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“The pistachio: it's just like our politics. When the two sides are divided, that's when the nuts come out.”
― Stephen Colbert, American comedian

Pistachio nuts grow on the small pistachio tree. It is related to the cashew. It lives in dry, warm places and is thought to be native to Iran.

Like many nuts, pistachio "meats," as the nuts are called, have a hard, protective shell. You won't need a nutcracker to open your pistachios, however.

The shells crack open and can usually be pulled apart by hand. Pistachios are eaten roasted or raw, baked into pastries or breads, or made into a light green ice cream.

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Would you like to draw a cartoon of delicious pistachio nuts? We've cooked up this step-by-step cartoon food drawing tutorial to show you how. All you will need is a pen, pencil, or marker and perhaps something to color with.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Nutcracker, Peanut, and Acorns.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing Pistachios

Pistachios drawing - step 1
How to Draw Pistachios Step 01

1. Begin by drawing a long curved line and doubling it back upon itself to enclose a teardrop shape. Notice how the gently pointed tip is upturned. This forms the top of the pistachio shell.

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How to Draw Pistachios Step 02

2. Draw two long curved lines extending from the back of the shell. The lines should be roughly parallel to one another but gently converging. The lines should not meet. This outlines the bottom half of the pistachio shell.

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3. Draw a long curved line between the top and bottom of the shell, completing the enclosure of the bottom half. This outlines the pistachio nut within the protective shell. Then, draw a wavy line between the halves of the shell. This gives the nut the texture of its papery covering.

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4. Draw a long curved line down the middle of the nut. Then, begin drawing a second pistachio. Use a long curved line to enclose the gently pointed shape.

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5. Draw a long curved line extending from the top of the first nut to begin outlining the upper shell of the second nut. Draw a long curved line between them to outline the pistachio nut inside.

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6. Draw overlapping curved lines to complete the top of the pistachio shell. Contour the edge of the shell with curved lines.

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7. Draw wavy, curved lines across the nut, giving it a papery texture.

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8. Begin drawing a third pistachio nut - one that has been removed from its shell. Use a long curved line to outline the irregular shape.

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9. Texture the shelled nut and the outer shells of the other pistachios with curved lines.

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Color your trio of cartoon pistachio nuts. The shells are light tan in color, while the nuts themselves are light green. Some pistachio nuts have a brown papery covering.

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