Cochise Groves Pistachios
Cochise Groves is situated in the high desert of Cochise County in Southeastern Arizona. The climate and growing conditions are similar to Iran, the traditional home of the pistachio, and still the world’s largest producer of the pistachio. Our orchards grow at 4,350 feet, and in the winter experience the chilling weather that allows the new crop to begin its growth. In the summer months, hot sunny days and cool nights work in tandem to produce truly gourmet quality nuts.
Nilsen Orchard I was planted from hybrid tree stock in 1981 by Victor and Hazel Nilsen. Henry Nilsen, Victor’s brother, lived in Dragoon and managed the orchard until his retirement in 1997. In the years following 1973, the Nilsen family purchased two other orchards and Cochise Groves became the largest family-owned pistachio operation in Arizona.
Now, Jim and Ruth Graham operate Cochise Groves. Ruth is one of the Nilsen daughters, and Jim is an Iowa native who farmed corn and soybeans for 25 years.
- Thursday: 11am - 5pm
- Friday: 11am - 5pm
- Saturday: 11am - 5pm
- Sunday: 11am - 5pm