National Pecan Month is a great excuse to whip up your favorite pecan recipes. Pecans' warm and rich flavors lend well to more than just your average pecan pie. It is one of the most versatile nuts among other tree nuts – almond, walnut, hazelnut, chestnut – as it can be eaten raw, sweetened, or salted. The word “pecan” translates to “all nuts requiring a stone to crack,” which comes from Algonquin origin. This Native American tribe first cultivated the pecan tree and later turned it into one of the first commerce items in America.
Pecans are the only major tree nut that grows naturally in North America. The United States produces about 80% of the total pecan crop, mainly in Georgia and Texas. There are over 500 different types of pecans – distinguished by size and flavor. Some of the most popular types of pecans include Stuart, Desirable, Moreland, Cape Fear, and Natives.
In general, pecans have a unique flavor profile of rich earthy flavors with hints of pine, wood, and roasted sweetness. To keep this delicious flavor after purchasing pecans from your neighborhood Giant Eagle, it is best to store de-shelled pecans inside a covered glass container or plastic bag in the refrigerator to protect them from heat and moisture. If the pecans still have their shell, they can be stored at room temperature, but only for a short time.
Pecans have become a popular cooking component across the world due to their thinner shell, which makes them easier to crack. Here are a few recipes to show you how to incorporate pecans into different dishes! We of course added a new spin on a recipe for an old-fashioned pecan pie– take one bite and we are sure your sweet tooth will love us.
Pecans are used for more than just your favorite recipes! Learn how all parts of the pecan are reusable.
Woodwork: The wood outside of the edible nut is often used in furniture and flooring.
Grilling: While smoking meat, add pecan shells, or the nut itself, to your barbeque for a sweeter flavor.
Gardening: Pecan shells are also an organic material, making it a perfect alternative for fertilizer. Their slightly acidic composition makes it good for plants like azaleas when decomposed.
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