About National Pecan Day
Pecan nuts are the edible seeds of the pecan tree, which is native to North America. Pecans are oval or oblong in shape and have a hard, brown shell that encloses a thin, light brown seed. The seed, or nutmeat, is rich and flavorful, with a slightly sweet and nutty taste.
Pecans are a good source of nutrients, including healthy fats, protein, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. They are often eaten as a snack or used as an ingredient in a variety of dishes, such as pies, cookies, and candies. Pecans are also used to make pecan butter, which is similar to peanut butter, and they are often used in cooking and baking as a substitute for other types of nuts.
Pecan trees are grown in a variety of regions around the world, but the largest commercial production of pecans occurs in the United States, particularly in states such as Georgia, Texas, and Oklahoma. Pecans are also grown in other countries, including Mexico, Brazil, and Australia.
Interesting facts about pecans
- Pecans are the only tree nut that is native to North America.
- Pecans are related to hickory nuts, walnuts, and butternuts, and they belong to the same family as these nuts.
- Pecans are a good source of nutrients, including healthy fats, protein, fiber, and a variety of vitamins and minerals. They are particularly high in antioxidants and have been linked to a variety of health benefits, such as reducing the risk of heart disease and improving cholesterol levels.
- Pecans are often used in a variety of dishes, such as pies, cookies, and candies, and they are also used to make pecan butter, which is similar to peanut butter.
- Pecan trees can live for hundreds of years and can reach heights of up to 150 feet (45 meters).
- The word "pecan" is derived from the Algonquin word "pacane," which means "a nut requiring a stone to crack."
- The pecan is the state tree of Texas and the state nut of Alabama.