All About the Pecan

Scientific name: Carya illinoinensis
Classification: Tree Nut
Also known as: Carya Pecan, Hickory Nut


The pecan is the only tree nut native to North America. Pecans grow in the Midwest and throughout the South and Southwest into Mexico—a region where they are commercially cultivated today. They are also grown in Israel, South Africa and Australia. The name pecan comes from the Algonquian Native American word paccan, which means "hard-shelled nut." Today, they are bred for thinner shells that are easier to crack.


The first written record of the nut talks about Thomas Jefferson carrying the trees from the Mississippi Valley back to Virginia to give them to George Washington. Before that, pecans were an important part of the diet of Native Americans living in the south-central region of North America.


Nutrtional Highlights

Pecans (per 1 oz (28g) serving)

Iron
10% DV
Phospherus
15% DV
Magnesium
20% DV
Zinc
10% DV
Copper
30% DV
Manganese
10% DV