If you live in the north, you might not have eaten pecan pie, but for southerners, pecan pie is a favorite dessert, especially at Thanksgiving. But pie isn’t the only thing pecans are good for. Add them to salads, trail mixes, or baked goods. They’re a delicious, heart-healthy food.
- Pecans are high in vitamin E. Researchers believe eating a handful of pecans daily can keep the brain healthy and alert. Pecans are also believed to help lower cholesterol and prevent heart disease.
- Pecan trees grow in warm climates, such as Georgia, Arizona and Texas. Large machines shake the trees to release the nuts. Raking machines rake the orchard floor. The nuts are then sorted, graded, cleaned, shelled, and dried.
- Pecans are the state tree of Texas. Governor James Hogg asked for a pecan tree to be planted on his grave.
- More than 600,000 pecan trees grow in Albany, Georgia, the pecan capital of America.
- Pecans are native to southeastern America. There are over 1,000 varieties, many named after Indian tribes.
- Most of the pecans eaten in the world are grown in the U.S.
- Grade: an assignment of quality usually based on size
- Variety: type
Questions and Answers
Question: Can I grow pecan trees at home?
Answer: Pecans don’t grow well in cold climates, but they grow well in warm regions. Many people do grow pecans at home. They’re beautiful trees that can grow to 100 feet tall or more.
Watch a pecan harvest in Georgia.