Endless pecan possibilities
Many cooks enjoy candying pecans with a natural sweetener. You can also use the trusted pecan in your granola bars, trail mix, pancakes; and sprinkled on pastas, salads and your favorite meat dishes, like chicken marsala.
Pecans are high in magnesium and dietary fiber and a good source of potassium, iron and vitamin B-6, according to the USDA nutrition facts for a one-cup serving.*
About your pecan
The only major tree nut that grows naturally in North America, the pecan is considered one of the most valuable nut species. A member of the hickory family, pecan trees are native to the central and southern parts of the United States and can grow to over 100 feet tall and live to be more than 1,000 years old.
Particularly favored as a staple food among the Indian people, pecans were easier to shell compared to other nut species, had a great taste and were accessible by waterways. The Algonquin Indian word for pecan is "pacane," meaning a nut that needs to be cracked with a stone.