A COLLABORATION between a brittle company in Bendigo and a Loddon pistachio-growing farm has resulted in a delicious new product.
The coming together of Bendigo Brittle and Wedderburn's Hi-Fye Pistachios means brittle fans can enjoy a new creation and highlights the array of local produce and products across the regions.
The idea for Bendigo Brittle transpired after Greta Donaldson whipped up a batch of peanut brittle for a family Christmas gathering, using a recipe from her late grandmother.
As the popularity of the brittle grew among her family and friends, she began to consider options to sell the brittle - and Bendigo Brittle was established.
And after tinkering with her recipe, Ms Donaldson wanted to add pistachio brittle to her brand's menu.
It was through a Wedderburn local that she discovered pistachio nut growers in town.
"I was astonished and amazed at the coincidence and to discover Australian-grown pistachios only 45 minutes from Bendigo," Ms Donaldson said.
"I quickly got in contact with farmer Fye Wan of Hi-Fye Pistachios, where I discovered not only some of the best-tasting pistachios - Wedderburn Gold Quality Pistachios, but through partnering with Fye, gained a wealth of knowledge on pistachio farming.
"This includes the climate involved, the different varieties of pistachio trees - Fye grows around 28 different varieties - and the process of harvesting this delicious nut."
The pistachios are air roasted and seasoned with Pyramid Hill Salt before being turned into the famous, thin, crisp and crunchy brittle.
"Our pistachio brittle is on-par with our macadamia brittle - with regards to quality, taste and price - and even better than that, the pistachio nuts are grown in the Loddon Shire, 45 minutes from Bendigo, as local as the crow flies," Ms Donaldson said.
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