A 2,000-year-old pistachio nut has been discovered in Britain, according to archaeologists.
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered the oldest pistachio nut in the United Kingdom.
The 2,000-year-old nut was discovered in North Yorkshire at the bottom of an ancient well. The discovery was uncovered while archaeologists were excavating as part of a project to rebuild the A1.
Thousands of artefacts have been discovered in and around Catterick, which was once known as Cataractonium in Roman times.
Experts estimate the nut was harvested between AD 24 and 128, according to experts.
Excavations began in the area in 2013, when Highways England ordered a £400 million improvement.
While the discovery was made in 2017, it was just recently made public by specialists.
To identify the nut, archaeologists had to crack the shell open.
A spokeswoman for the Highways Agency confirmed the discovery.
“Pistachios were originally brought to Italy by Vitellius, the Emperor’s father, who served in the Levant in the late AD30s,” she explained.
“It was impossible to determine whether the nut originated in southern Iberia, the north African coast, Greece, or the Near East.
“However, because of its Trajanic period collection and deposition, it is the oldest known evidence of pistachio eating in Britain.”