The term “pecan” is derived from the Algonquin word meaning a nut that requires cracking to eat. Pecans are native to North and Central America and are commonly grown in the southern states of the USA and Mexico. The size of the US crop varies from 100 to 150 thousand MT, depending on the conditions in which they are grown.
While the majority of the crop is consumed domestically in the USA, pecans are enjoyed globally. They can be eaten raw, used in baking or cooking, and are a popular ingredient in sweet desserts, such as praline chocolate. Pecans are also a great source of manganese, protein, and unsaturated fats, and studies have shown that daily consumption in small amounts can help reduce cholesterol levels.
Attractive in both taste and nutrition, pecans are a wonderful addition to any diet. Whether snacking on them raw, adding them to baked goods, or using them in desserts, pecans are a versatile nut with many health benefits.