March 25, 2013

National Pecan Day

“Mellow nuts have the hardest rind.” - Sir Walter Scott

It's National Pecan Day!

We love the pecan here in Amur-KAH. And why shouldn't we? After all it originates from our own soil. And to this day we produce the majority of the world's supply! The little nut, which is most closely related to walnuts and are part of the hickory family, came to the east coast after fur traders from Illinois brought them over. This explains why the scientific Latin name is Caya illinoinensis, which it changed to from Hicoria pecan in the 17th century.

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

There are too many delicious ways to eat today's food. For example, there's butter pecan ice cream, pralines (which has its own day on June 24th), pie, cookies (sandies have their own day on June 23), biscotti or shortbread, salads like green leafy ones or chicken salad type ones, sticky buns, granola, creamed as a butter, in pasta dishes, etc.

So how will you enjoy the pee-can, puh-cahn, pic-con?

Happy National Pecan Day!