Growing up, I remember my grandfather having tons of pecan trees around his house. It seems like those pecans were huge and once you cracked them open, the meatiness of the nut, had a melt in your mouth texture. Oh how I miss those days and wish I could get some of those pecans today.
Did you know that the word pecan is Algonquian meaning “a nut requiring a stone to crack?” With a creamy taste and soft crunch, the pecan is a species of hickory, native to Mexico, along with the southcentral and southeastern regions of the United States. Technically, the pecan is a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk.
Although this popular nut is celebrated on Pecan Day (March 25), it is also celebrated on April 14, National Pecan Day. The inaugural celebration of this food holiday in 1996 has been observed annually. Should you decided to bake something special with pecans today or embellish some of your favorite recipes and desserts with pecans, savor the succulent flavor of this fruity nut.
Feeling ambitious? Check out these tasty pecan recipes from Southern Living. By the way, to all of my fellow writers and poets out there, what’s on your writing menu for adding pecans to your literary recipes today? Have a pecan-licious day!