This Pistachio Milk Is My New Favorite Non-Dairy Alternative
Every culture has ingredients they're proud of, and for Iranians, it's pistachios. Okay, it's also saffron, but that's another story. The superiority of Persian pistachios starts geographically — pistachios are native to the area, and the growing conditions are ideal. Táche founder Roxana Saidi feels the exact same way:
"My earliest memories center around food (my first word was "juice," true story), and none have a stronger recurring role than the Persian treats my dad would bring home to us from his trips to Iran," Saidi said. "Suitcases of items from our relatives would make their way back with him to San Francisco. My favorite? The pistachios."
In 2015, Saidi realized her favorite childhood memory would make a perfect dairy alternative. "It was at that moment I realized that the snack I've loved all my life was not only an incredibly delicious and healthy nut, but could also be turned into milk," she said.
Saidi teamed up with her father, Morzeta, to create a truly decadent plant-based milk. The result, Táche, launched in November 2020.
Part of what makes Táche so special is that it's entirely created from pistachios — the pistachios aren't mixed with other nuts, which would dilute the flavor and outweigh the nutritional benefits that pistachios provide. There's also no added oils, meaning the milk's texture isn't compromised.
Additionally, Táche sets out to negate one of almond milk's biggest drawbacks: Growing pistachios requires 75 percent less water, making Táche sustainable as well as delicious.
Táche really shines texturally — the milk is thick and velvety smooth. The nutty taste is subtle, like in pistachio ice cream or pastries. There's also the added bonus of no sour notes, which you'll occasionally find in a batch of pistachios. Truthfully any pistachio enthusiast can just down a glass of Táche, nothing else provided, but it's also delicious mixed with pomegranate juice, stirred into oats, or even just as a base for cereal. A while back I used some to make hot chocolate, and it has since ruined every other cup of hot chocolate for me.
You can buy Táche in bulk via their website (I convinced my family to, and they're obsessed), but you can also find individual cartons at more than 150 independent coffee shops and specialty retailers like Chillhouse and Devocion.