National Pecan Day:
Celebrating the native nuts to the country, the Pecan nuts are elevated on the National Pecan Day celebrated on 14th of April every year.
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Why National Pecan Day?
Native to the North America, the Pecans are a rich source of zinc, phosphorus, manganese, iron, copper, magnesium and several other minerals and antioxidants. The Pecan nuts are so healthy that they deserve a special day to celebrate their nutty flavor and their healthy contribution to our diet. The nuts can be consumed as such on their own or can be used to make pies, cookies and much more to add color and flavor to your meal. It could be had in both savory and sweet forms making it the most versatile snack. Celebrating the versatility and the flavor of these pecan nuts, we have the National Pecan Day observed every year in the month of April on 14th. It is a day of celebration of these fantastic nuts and is also a reason to enjoy the flavors of the nut.
How can we celebrate National Pecan Day:
When it is about celebrating National Pecan Day you would be surprised by the number of options you have, especially with regards to the food items prepared with the pecan nuts.
If you are wondering on how you can make this a memorable day, then we have a few pointers to guide you here.
- You can indulge in your favorite pecan recipes. It could be an extravagant pecan pie or a simply roasted bowl of pecan nuts. Just grab your favorite pecan dish and enjoy it on this day.
- You can also make your own batch of baked goodies using the pecan nuts.
- If you have a sugar tooth then you can try the sugar coated pecan nuts which are easy to prepare at home. The pecan nuts can also make the best topping on your salad if you are diet conscious.
- Make your favorite pecan recipe and share it with your friends and family.
- You can have a get together with friends and family and let each of you share the favorite pecan recipe and why they love the same.
Celebrate this nutty day with lots of fun and good food and share your thoughts, recipes and other ideas about pecans online with #NationalPecanDay to your posts.
Interesting facts about National Pecan Day:
Here are some interesting fun facts about Pecan nuts to know about on this special day.
- The Pecans were initially referred to as the nuez de al arruga by the Spanish explorers, the first of the Europeans to come across Pecans. The term literally translates to wrinkle nut which is derived from the appearance of these nuts.
- The name pecan is derived from the word pacane of Algonquin, the native American language, which means that it is a nut which can be cracked with a stone.
- Pecans were carried into the space by the astronauts during their travel to moon on Apollo twice.
- During World War II the roasted pecan nuts were used as an alternative of coffee beans.
- More than 80% of the world’s pecan production originates from United States, which is not surprising given that these trees are native to North America.
- The famous Pecan pie was invented by the French who had settled down in New Orleans using these pecan nuts.
- With many antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, the pecans form a healthy part of a balanced diet.
- The pecan trees can live for as long as 200 years.
- A single ounce of pecan can provide you with 10% of the fiber recommended to your body.
- Albany in Georgia is referred to as the Pecan capital of the world with more than 600000 pecan trees in it. In fact a Georgia Pecan was used to make the handle for the Olympics torches for the year 1996 in Atlanta Olympics.
History of National Pecan Day:
There is no specific information on how this day originated or who initiated the celebration of this day in history. We also do not know when the day was first celebrated either. However we do know that the Pecans have a very ancient history and they are originally from the north and eastern part of America. It was in 16th century when pecans were first introduced to the Europeans who were actually the Spanish explorers to land in Mexico, Louisiana and Texas.