National Pecan Pie Day is this Saturday, July 12th. Read on to find out the Top 10 Fun Facts about Pecans.
1. The name “pecan” is a Native American word that was used to describe nuts requiring a stone to crack.
2. The pecan capital of the world is Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees.
3. Pecan trees are native to North America and over 80% of the world’s pecan crop comes from the United States.
4. Pecan trees produce nuts on alternate bearing years – one year heavy, one year light.
5. The pecan pie was created by French people who had settled in New Orleans.
6. 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.
7. In 1995, Georgia pecan wood was selected by the Atlanta Committee to make the handles of the torches for the 1996 Olympic Games. The torches were carried in the 15,000-mile U.S.A. relay and in the lighting of the Olympic flame in Atlanta on July 19, 1996.
8. About 78 pecans are used in the average pecan pie.
9. Pecan trees can live to be over 200 years old.
10. One ounce of pecans provides 10% of the recommended daily fiber intake.