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The oldest pistachio roaster in the U.S. is a Detroit Gem

November 25 2013 | 5 comments


The Germack Pistachio Company is the oldest roaster of pistachios in the U.S.

The company slowly roasts pistachios in a process that takes about 35 to 40 minutes. “When we roast pistachios we use a batch process as opposed to a continuous roaster,” said Frank Germack III, owner of the Germack Pistachio Company.

Germack has been in Detroit since 1924.

“We remain optimistic about Detroit…so for us, it’s not just being optimistic, it’s also easier for us to distribute,” Germack told Detroit 2020.

At their Eastern Market store, you can also find cashews, almonds, pecans, seeds and more than one hundred other items, including one of their newest, the Motown Mix. A portion of the profits from the sale of that product goes to the Motor City Blight Busters.

And at Germack, they’re not only roasting nuts, they’re roasting coffee from around the world at their cafe’ right next door. “All these coffees have a different, unique flavor and taste that we can also combine to come up with unique mixes,” Germack told Detroit 2020.

Germack has earned its place as a Detroit Gem.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Germack Pistachio Company.

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  1. Erin Krengel November 25, 2013

    I’m nominating the Belle Isle Aquaraium as a Detroit 2020 Gem!
    When the Albert Kahn-designed Belle Isle Aquarium opened to the public on August 18, 1904, the Detroit Free Press declared that, “in design, equipment and the range of its exhibits, it is considered the finest in the world.” The immediate popularity of the Aquarium was evident by the attendance of nearly one million people in the first year of operation.
    When the Belle Isle Aquarium closed on April 3, 2005, not many people thought it would ever open again. It seemed that closing the Aquarium was just another unfortunate event in a city that was facing challenging times. A passionate group of volunteers believed that the Aquarium was an important piece of Detroit’s legacy. The volunteers created a nonprofit that later merged into the Belle Isle Conservancy. The volunteers led by Vance Patrick and Jennifer Boardman advocated, fundraised, and spoke at community events to raise awareness that the Aquarium still had a future in Detroit.
    Due to the continuous efforts of these tireless volunteers, the Belle Isle Aquarium reopened to the public September 2012! We’ve made tremendous strides, but we still have a long road ahead of us!


  2. Kenneth Mcphaul, Jr. November 28, 2013

    Gonnelas sub shop located on Dix in Southwest Detroit has the best Itilian Subs in the world. The company has been an institution for decades. This is a true Detroit gem!


  3. Kenneth Mcphaul, Jr. November 28, 2013

    Gonnelas deli shop located on Dix in Southwest Detroit has the best Itilian Subs in the world. The company has been an institution for decades. This is a true Detroit gem!


  4. Mark Spooner November 30, 2013

    The Dossin Great Lakes Museum on Belle Isle is another true Detroit gem. It recently reopened and I was pleasantly surprised at the terrific job that was done updating all the exhibits. My wife and I took our 12 year old niece and 9 year old nephew there. Keeping kids that age engaged is a task by itself, but this trip was fun for all. The staff was knowledgeable and helpful. From the interactive pilot house of a Great Lakes freighter to the timeline of the last hours of the Edmund Fitzgerald, we all had a great time and look forward to our next visit.


  5. Edie December 2, 2013

    New Dodge Bar on Jos Campeau still has a tunnel under the floor (in Mens Restroom) used during Prohibition. It is currently covered in plexi-glass (clear showing steps) to prevent access


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