By the numbers: How many pistachios are there in that cup of Bulgarini gelato?

Gelato maker Leo Bulgarini buys 300 kilograms of Bronte pistachios each year from Sicily.
(Aleesha Nandhra / For The Times)

300: The number of kilograms of Bronte pistachios that gelato maker Leo Bulgarini buys each year from Sicily.

That amount, equivalent to 661 pounds of nuts, is used to produce a total of 1,000 kilograms of pistachio gelato — or 16,000 scoops — annually at Bulgarini’s Altadena gelateria, Bulgarini Gelato.


As for the economic numbers, Bulgarini says it costs him roughly $71.50 for each kilogram of pistachios.

Gelato, of course, is made of more than just nuts. Those 300 kilograms of pistachios are roasted, ground and mixed with 700 liters of a milk base composed of milk, sugar and milk powder.

One last thing: Bulgarini suggests licking the gelato rather than chewing it, as it is not unknown for a stray pistachio shell to lurk in your scoop. The price of authenticity, perhaps.