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NATIONAL PECAN DAY - April 14

NATIONAL PECAN DAY – April 14

NATIONAL PECAN DAY

Each year, National Pecan Day on April 14th celebrates one nut native to the United States. It’s also a favorite snack and ingredient across the country. 

A member of the hickory family, the pecan is native to central and southern United States. “Pecan” is an Algonquian word, meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack. They are an excellent source of copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc, and vitamin E. Pecans can help reduce LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol levels in the blood. They are also rich in dietary fiber.

Pecans make great snacks all on their own, but they also make terrific garnishes for other foods such as desserts, salads, or the main meal. Sweet or savory, pecans can add a little glamor to a dish or be the star of the show.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalPecanDay

  • Enjoy your favorite pecan recipes. There are so many to choose from so we have a couple of delicious recipes for you to try.
  • Snack on roasted pecans or you can make baked goods such as pies or cookies.
  • Top your salad with pecans.
  • Learn about pecan production.
  • Plant a pecan tree.
  • Use #NationalPecanDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL PECAN DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues to research the origin of this nutty holiday.

Pecan FAQ

Q. Are pecans for savory or sweet dishes?
A. Pecans enhance the flavor and texture of both savory and sweet dishes!

Q. Who produces the most pecans in the world?
A. The United States leads the worldwide production of pecans, most of which are produced in Georgia.

Q. Are pecans native to the United States?
A. Yes. The pecan tree is native to most of North America.