The United States produces 80% of the world’s pecans.
A pecan tree matures for 12 years. When grown in ideal conditions, it can live and produce for over 200 years.
Albany, Georgia. The city has more then 600,000 pecan trees.
Because of their oily composition, pecans can become rancid very quickly in warm temperatures and high humidity.
The pecan is heart healthy and contains antioxidants, 19 vitamins and minerals and healthy fat. One of the mineral components is zinc, which is important in producing testosterone in both males and females. Pecans actually provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc and one ounce of pecans provides 10% of the recommended daily fiber intake.
The pecan must first be cleaned, sized, sterilized, cracked and finally, shelled.
Alternate bearing in pecan production means that a tree bears a relatively heavy crop of nuts one year and a lighter one the next.
The name pecan is a Native American word that was used to describe nuts requiring a stone to crack.