September 30, 2022
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A tough nut to crack: Cuyama Valley growers are lone pistachio farmers in SoCal

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Gail Zannon and her husband, Gene, started the Santa Barbara Pistachio Co. in 1991 in the Cuyama Valley. To this day, they are the only pistachio growers in Southern California. (Alex Drysdale photo) Ninety percent of the world’s pistachios are grown in California and a small sliver of that big number comes from the Santa…

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