Iranians rebel over price of beloved pistachio

In this Sunday, March 31, 2013 photo, an Iranian man looks at nuts for sale at a nut shop, in western Tehran, Iran. Pistachios are Iran's top non-oil export and provide work for hundreds of thousands of people. Still, Iranian authorities are backing the boycott. They laud it as a way to decrease domestic pistachio consumption and leave more nuts for exporting, which has become an increasingly important pipeline for foreign revenue as sanctions squeeze Iran's oil and gas sales. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — This should be the time of year that nut shop owner Mohammad Ahmadi counts his profits, after the recent Persian new year holiday when Iranians scarf up huge amounts of their iconic snack, pistachios. Instead, he and others in the trade are staring at piles of unsold nuts.


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