April is National Pecan month. Who knew that? We didn’t until recently but we have always loved pecans. Since we heard about them being celebrated during this beautiful month of Spring, we decided to learn a little more and we were even more attracted to them after that.
Pecan Flavored Past
Pecans can be traced back to the 16th century in what we now call North America. They’ve been popular since the start and are recognized as the only major tree nut that grows naturally across North America. As you might imagine, they are also considered one of the most valuable North American nut species. The Native people of the Algonquin tribe are credited with the name “pecan”. The original meaning was used to describe “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.” Pecans were widely used by pre-colonial residents as they were discovered growing wild in the Eastern and Middle parts of the country. Pecans were favored more than other North American nuts because they were easier to shell and they tasted so good. Even two of our Founding Fathers – Washington and Jefferson – were said to be growing them on their farms around 1776. Imagine all of the Founding Fathers enjoying fresh pecans during one of their meetings. You could say that pecans and their deliciousness are part of the flavor that makes America such a great place to live.
Your Heart Enjoys Them
Officially designated by the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Certification Program, pecans (unroasted, unsalted) are part of their healthy eating patterns and nutritional guidelines including the hard to avoid saturated fats that seem to be everywhere these days. Pecans also contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals like vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, some B vitamins, and zinc. Plus they are naturally sodium free and they’re also higher in fiber than some other nuts. And if that wasn’t enough, then you should know that pecans contain more antioxidants than any other nut variety and they have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease and lower cholesterol levels. This is one awesome, healthy American original!
Time to Enjoy
After learning all of this you can imagine how bad we were craving some pecans. We decided to start cooking and baking up a storm with them after learning about their health benefits. Here are a few of the recipes we’ve tried and others we plan to follow very soon. – Sweet Potato Pecan and Goat Cheese Bites – Swedish Nuts – Pecan Stuffed Pickled Jalapenos – Spinach, Apple and Pecan Salad – Broccoli Gratin with Horseradish and Georgia Pecans – Pecan Crusted Chicken – Pecan Crusted Tilapia – Salted Chocolate Matzo Madness Toffee – Chocolate Bourbon Pecan pie
Share with Us
We hope you enjoy these recipes and will send us a few of your own when you have time. The more we learned about the pecan the more we realized how many wonderful recipes there are available out there. We’d love to hear some of your favorites as well. Contact us on our Facebook page or send us an email. We’re happy to share and hope you are too. Happy national Pecan Month from all of us at Brock Built.Recipe image sources: Betty Crocker, ILovePecans, Food, GeorgiaPecans, MyRecipes, Southern Living