Pecans are large and charming nuts with a crispy, buttery texture. They are rich in protein, fiber, and heart-healthy nutrients. Pecans are a versatile nut that can be snacked on or incorporated into recipes for cooking and baking. They are commonly used in pecan pies, a popular holiday treat and Southern specialty. Pecans are also the main ingredient in butter pecan ice cream, and in the Southern confection praline candy.
The word “pecan” comes from the Algonquin Indian word meaning a nut that is so hard, it requires a stone to crack. It is believed that pecans were first cultivated by Native Americans, and they gained popularity among Europeans in the 16th century. Today, pecans are consumed and grown all over the world! The U.S. remains the top pecan producer, supplying over 80% of the world’s pecans.
1) Pecans are Heart-Healthy: Researchers at Loma Linda University found that daily pecan consumption can lower the risk of developing coronary heart disease by preventing the detrimental oxidation of blood lipids in the body. These findings were published in the August 2006 issue of Nutrition Research.
2) Pecans Can Lower Bad Cholesterol: Findings from a study at New Mexico State University (NMSU) indicated that subject participants who consumed 3/4 of a cup of pecans per day as part of their diet lowered their LDL “bad” cholesterol levels by six percent and did not gain weight.
3) Pecans Protect the Nervous System: A new animal study in Current Topics in Nutraceutical Research found that consuming a handful of pecans a day may slow down the progression of motor-neuron degeneration. Researchers believe that this may be due to the presence of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects against cell damage.
4) Even More Nutrients: Pecans are packed with fiber and protein, which makes them a satisfying snack option. They also boast a good source of other vitamins and minerals, including iron, manganese, copper, thiamine, and magnesium. These nutrients ensure our bodies run smoothly and can support bone development, protect the cardiovascular system, and aid brain function.
How are pecans harvested?
Pecans come from a nut tree native to the United States. Pecan season starts in early November and can last through December. Most pecan trees will start to produce nuts after 6-8 years, although this is dependent on the variety of pecan tree. It is important to harvest pecans early since nuts left on the ground too long can accumulate moisture and become inedible. For commercial purposes, mechanical tree shakers are used to collect pecans at the peak of freshness.
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