Pecans – A Southern Delicacy

Nov 7 2012

by Whitney Long

No matter how you pronounce it, pecans are a part of our southern landscape and lives. Whether in our yards or on our plates, especially during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, pecans are versatile and healthy. Rich in fiber, potassium, thiamine, zinc, copper, magnesium, phosphorous, niacin, folic acid, iron, and vitamin B6, pecans are the go-to nut!

Pecan trees are widely cultivated throughout Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, Florida and Texas, where the pecan tree is the official state tree. “Pecan” is a Native American word from the Algonquin language, which was used to describe “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.” Anyone who has ever tried to crack one with their bare hands can attest to that. It may be work to crack open a pecan, but once you do and get a taste, you will agree it is worth the effort!

A staple in kitchens across the South, check out some favorite pecan recipes:

Pecan Tassie recipe (pictured above)
Classic Pecan Pie
Herbed Pecan Snack Mix
Texas Pecan Country Chicken
Caramel Pecan Pie

Pecan Cornbread Dressing

Ode to the Pecan:

By Faith Elizabeth Brigham

Gathering Pecans
fond childhood memories
of gathering pecans
from beneath the pecan tree
linger on
the sweet smell
of mother’s sticky buns
baking in the oven.

To read “Ode to a Pecan Pie” from Oxford American, click here

Fun and nutty facts about the pecan:

• 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.
• It would take a line of over 10 billion pecans to reach the moon.
Where to buy:

Alabama: and B&B Pecan Company
South Carolina:

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Whitney Long is co-founder of The Southern C and The Southern C Summit. Mama x 4, wife x 1. Entrepreneur, thinker, doer, writer, researcher, believer. Enjoys working alongside creative entrepreneurs to build community while supporting established and upcoming brands. Hobbies include travel, reading, bike rides and clever craft cocktails.

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2 responses on “Pecans – A Southern Delicacy

  1. whitneylong Post author

    I just read your pecan post and love it! I can totally relate as my husband doesn’t like pecans in his desserts either so we have a half and half, too. And by the way, I pronounce it puh-CON…

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