Why Pecans

History of Pecans

The pecan is the only tree nut native to North America.  Its buttery flavor and unmatched nutritional content have resulted in its growing worldwide popularity. Tracing its origin to the 16th century, the name “pecan” is derived from the Native American (Algonquin) word “pacane” (pacane) that described “nuts requiring a stone to crack.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Pecans & Health

A handful of pecans (about 19 halves) is packed with fiber, zinc, important vitamins such as E and other essential minerals that support strong bones and good digestion.

Studies & Resources

Research is underway to determine how pecans support systems of the body and help to prevent disease.