Culinary: Go ahead and get nutty … April 14th is National Pecan Day!
Compiled by Whitney Long
No matter how you pronounce it just make sure to enjoy this healthy nut in all its yummy goodness. Rich in potassium, thiamine, zinc, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, niacin, folic acid, iron, and vitamin B6, pecans are also a good source of fiber.
Today the tree is widely cultivated throughout Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Texas, where the pecan tree is the official state tree. A staple in kitchens across the South, check out some of The Southern C’s favorite pecan recipes:
Pecan Tassie recipe (pictured above)
Classic Pecan Pie
Herbed Pecan Snack Mix
Texas Pecan Country Chicken
Caramel Pecan Pie
Where to buy:
South Carolina: www.goldenkernel.com
Fun and nutty facts about the pecan: (www.ilovepecans.org)
• Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S.
• It would take 144 million pecans to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
• Some of the larger pecan shellers process 150,000 pounds of pecans each day which is enough to make 300,000 pecan pies.
• The U.S. produces about 80 percent of the world’s pecan crop.
• The name ‘pecan’ is a Native American word of Algonquin origin that was used to describe ‘all nuts requiring a stone to crack’.
• It would take a line of over 10 billion pecans to reach the moon.
By Faith Elizabeth Brigham
fond childhood memories
of gathering pecans
from beneath the pecan tree
the sweet smell
of mother’s sticky buns
baking in the oven