The pecan tree is the state tree of Texas and was named so by an act of the Texas legislature in 1919. The pecan capital of the US is actually Albany, Georgia where they have over 600,000 pecan trees. The word pecan comes from an Algonquin word meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack.” We love pecans just as much as the squirrels because they are so healthy!
Pecan trees are native to North America, they usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher. Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter. Over 80% of the world’s pecan crop comes from the US. There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans. Many are named for Native American Indian tribes, including Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee.
Like most other nuts, pecans contain healthy fats, a ton of nutrients, and antioxidants. They are helpful in weight loss and digestion, cardiovascular health, reducing blood pressure and the risk of stroke as well as strengthening the immune system. Due to their high zinc content, pecans produce testosterone and help balance hormones. They are powerful in maintaining the health of skin and hair.
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