National Pecan Day is an American holiday designed to introduce more people to this wonderful nut. Pecan is characterized by its unique flavor and aromatic properties, which makes it indispensable in cooking. It is also well suited as a stand-alone food due to its health benefits. It is celebrated annually on April 14.
There are two of the most popular nuts in the U.S.: peanuts and pecans! If you haven’t tried the second one, you should definitely correct this misunderstanding! The oldest written sources mentioning pecans date back to the 1700s. That said, researchers agree that it was there much earlier, but a wild plant that was not used by humans or used very infrequently.
Pecans are harvested from trees that grow in the American South. Cultivation began in 1772 on Long Island. The trees are well adapted to different conditions, so there are no special problems with their cultivation. The nuts are characterized by soft shells that are easy to remove.
The pecan is considered a native American nut because it is not widespread in other parts of the world, although it is exported.
- In 1775, D. Washington planted several pecan trees on his own Maine-Vernon estate.
- About 80% of all pecans found in stores around the world are grown in the United States.
- Pecans are rich in zinc, fatty acids and fiber. Eating these nuts improves gastrointestinal function and lowers cholesterol levels.
How to celebrate
Learn more about the benefits of pecans today. Try it pure or prepare a variety of dishes using it. Recipes are readily available on the Internet.
Tell about Pecan Day on social networks. Ask users if they have tried pecans. If so, what was your impression of it?
When is National Pecan Day celebrated in 2024?
National Pecan Day is observed on April 14 each year.