The Pecan tree is the only tree nut native to North America. Up to 80% of pecans are produced in the United States. Pecan trees can bear fruits for more than 300 years.
Nutrition & Health
Like most nuts, pecans are naturally cholesterol free, gluten free, low in saturated fat and are a low glycemic-index food. They are good source of protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins & minerals and particularly:
- The most antioxidant rich nut
Pecans contain ellagic acid, vitamin E and carotenoids that work synergistically to remove free radicals, thus protecting the body from heart diseases, cancers, Alzheimer’s and infections.
- Contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals
Pecans are nutrient dense containing mostly vitamin E, A and B, minerals (manganese, copper, zinc, phosphorous, iron, magnesium, calcium and selenium).
- Good source of phytosterols
Which are associated with cholesterol lowering effects, thus lowering the risk of heart disease.
- Rich in Gamma-tocopherol (a form of Vitamin E)
This potent antioxidant has been linked to killing prostate cancer cells.
In a nutshell, pecans are naturally nutrient dense, packed with vitamins and minerals to antioxidant & phytosterols, protein, fiber and healthy fats. Their addition to a healthy diet has been associated with protecting the body from many diseases.
Storage & Purchasing Tips
When buying pecans, look for plump pecans that are uniform in color and size and never dry or shriveled. Shelled pecans can be kept in the refrigerator for about nine months and for up to two years in the freezer. Airtight containers, such as jars with lids, are best for storing pecans in the refrigerator and sealed bags for the freezer. In-shell pecans can be stored in a cool, dry place for six to 12 months.