Holy moly. We almost missed National Pecan Day. It’s today! (The recipes at the link are delicious.)
National Pecan Day is a food holiday observed each year on April 14.
A member of the hickory family and is native to central and southern United States. “Pecan” is an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. They are an excellent source of copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin E. Pecans can help reduce LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol levels in the blood. They are rich in dietary fiber.
Pecans make great snacks all on their own, but they also make terrific garnishes to other foods such as desserts, salads or the main meal. Sweet or savory, pecans can add a little glamor to a dish or be the star of the show.
Whether pecans are in pralines, pecan pie, or added to cookies or muffins–they’re the best. Try frying them in a non-stick skillet, in their own oil, like they do down South. Delicious and nutritious.
Who knew that the pecan tree is a member of the hickory family? They’re also related to black walnuts, which, in my opinion, are far more deserving of the Algonquian name meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack.” A stone or a vise! In any case …