Updated: Oct 27, 2019
Our pecan nuts have been harvested and shucked, and are now ready for market. This was done by yours truly with the invaluable help of very patient and kind friends. Thanks friends!
It's been a long and struggle-filled road to get to this point. Having an actual harvest is like witnessing a miracle. To know more about out pecan troubles, do have a read of a previous post A Nutty Story. These trees are a testament to persistence and prayer.
Pecans are the only major tree nut that grows naturally in North America and is considered one of the most valuable North American nut species. The name “pecan” is a Native American word of Algonquin origin that was used to describe “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.” It is said that Native Americans first cultivated the pecan tree.
Pecans were brought to Spain by the conquistadors in the 15th century who found that the trees flourished in certain parts of the Iberian peninsula. Originally an ornamental tree in Europe, the harvests produced soon made it one of the favoured nut trees to farm.
Here's a few pecan facts:
* Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals – including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc.
* 1 ounce of pecans provides 10% of the recommended Daily Value for fibre.
* Pecans are a natural, high-quality source of protein that contain very few carbohydrates and no cholesterol.
* Pecans are naturally sodium-free making them an excellent choice for those on a salt free or restricted diet.