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Why Iran’s ‘green gold’ is set to rebound

TEHRAN, Iran — While Iran may be known for its massive oil and natural gas reserves to many people around the world, it is also known to some for its top-quality pistachios.

An Iranian man works at Hassan Ali Firouzabadi's pistachio farm on August 14, 2016 in Izadabad, a village in the southern Iranian Kerman province. In Kerman province in southern Iran, cities have grown rich from pistachios, but time is running out for the industry as unconstrained farming and climate change take a devastating toll. Some of Firouzabadi's pistachio trees have been around long enough to remember the golden age of Shah Abbas in the 17th century, but the leaves have turned yellow-green from the salty water he now dredges up. / AFP / ATTA KENARE / TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY ERIC RANDOLPH (Photo credit should read ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Production of the nut in Iran dates to the fifth century B.C.

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