Soup to Nuts: Local gift ideas for the foodie on your list – Portland Press Herald

Screen Shot 2014-01-18 at 8.54.30 AM

From artisanal flatbread crisps to Cranberry Gin to seasoned pistachios, here are ideas for especially tasteful holiday gifts.

SEASONED PISTACHIOS FROM THE GILDED NUT SNACK CO.

Go to gildednut.com for a list of Maine stores that carry them, or you can order direct from the website.

Average retail price in Maine is $4.99 for a 2.25-ounce package; 6-pack cases available online for $19.99.

If you’re watching your weight but still want to snack on something flavorful, these seasoned pistachios created by Mainer John Powers will satisfy your tastebuds without wrecking your diet.

They come in four flavors – original, Mediterranean herb, habanero heat and sea salt and pepper. (My favorite was the original.) The package advises sucking on the shells a little if you want to extract the most flavor from each nut.

The nuts are grown, seasoned and packaged in California, but Powers runs the company from Maine. He made his first batch when he was living in the U.S. Virgin Islands from 2001 to 2009. He used to get together with friends on Sunday afternoons, and they would take a boat over to the British Virgin Islands from St. John to go island hopping and hit the beaches…

Read the entire article here.