Farm Facts about Pecans

Handful of pecans

You’ll often see delicious pecans baked into pies, cookies and brownies, or sometimes simply eaten by the handful. April is National Pecan month, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than to share interesting facts about the nut:  

  • Pecans contain what is referred to as, “good fat,” or unsaturated fat, which helps prevent heart disease.

  • One ounce of pecans has as much protein as two servings of meat or beans.

  • Pecans contain more than 19 various vitamins and minerals.

  • According to the USDA Arkansas Children’s Nutrition Center, pecans contain the most antioxidant capacity of any other nut.

  • Pecans are naturally sodium free and a healthy snack alternative to chips.

  • Adding pecans to your diet can help lower your cholesterol.

  • Pecans are grown on trees and often harvested by machine.

  • The United States produces 80 percent of the world’s pecans.

  • Georgia, the leading pecan-producing state since the 1800s, produced 100 million pounds in 2012.

  • New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma and Arizona are also top pecan-producing states.

Sources: ilovepecans.org, georgiapecans.org, farmflavor.com, agmrc.org

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