National Pecan Day – April 14

National Pecan Day

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Facts on Pecans

  • The pecan tree has been the Texas state tree since 1919. It is usually from 70 – 100 feet in height, but can grow to 150 feet.
  • The name “pecan” is a Native American word of Algonquin origin that was used to describe “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.”
  • The pecan is heart healthy and contains antioxidants, 19 vitamins and minerals, fiber and “healthy fats.” One of the mineral components is zinc, which is important in producing testosterone in both males and females, key in sexual desire.
  • Astronauts took pecans to the moon in two Apollo missions.
  • Texas and Georgia are the largest producers of commercial pecans in the U.S. The U.S. produces 80 – 90 percent of the world’s pecan supply.