The almighty pecan tree is the official state tree of Texas and pecan pie is our official dessert! Anyone who grew up near a pecan tree has stories of collecting and cracking pecans with their grandma or chasing a rogue pecan collector out of their yard, and of course all the foods they love to make with America’s one and only indigenous nut.
How can you tell if someone is a native Texan or not? Ask them to say “pecan”! If they say “pee-CAN” you can safely bet they’re from somewhere outside our borders, because “puh-KAHN” is how we say it in Texas. Many believe the “pee-CAN” vs. “puh-KAHN” debate can be settled by which side of the Mason-Dixon line you were raised on, but it is not that simple. Many in the south pronounce it “pee-CAN”. Check out this Washington Post article that looks at the subject in greater detail. It’s complicated!
Not only are pecans good for you, but they are also a natural, nutrient-rich superfood. If you are looking for more ways to get your nutrients naturally from the food you eat instead of from supplements, adding pecans to your diet is a great way to start.