• Celebrate National Georgia Pecan Month Every November

     

    November is National Georgia Pecan Month

    November is National Georgia Pecan Month
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    With the weather turning cooler and the holidays coming up, it’s time to start baking more.

    A favorite baked goodie around here is pecan pie. And during November that’s especially appropriate.

    Because it’s National Georgia Pecan Month.

    Of course, you can make pecan pie with any pecans. Not just pecans from Georgia.

    Well, except during November. This month you must use only Georgia pecans for all your baking, cooking, and snacking needs.

    It’s the law!

    Ok, not really … but why take any chances? 😉

    National Georgia Pecan Month is different from National Pecan Month, which happens in April.

     

    A Nibble of Pecan Trivia

    Did you know?

    • America’s only native tree nut is … none other than the pecan!
    • They’re native to the Mississippi Valley area, giving them their original name “Mississippi nuts.” They were also called “Illinois nuts.”
    • Pecan pie ranks as one of Americans’ all-time favorite desserts.

     

    Pecans are also a delicious, nutritious food.

    They’re full of many different nutrients, including:

    • Protein
    • Iron
    • Vitamin E
    • B vitamins
    • Potassium
    • Magnesium

     

    Don’t forget they’re filled with fiber, too. You can get 10% of your Recommended Daily Value (RDV) of fiber from just one ounce of pecans!

    They also provide antioxidants, which can help protect your body from many diseases, including heart disease and cancer. In fact, pecans have more antioxidants than other tree nuts.

     

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    What’s so Special About Georgia Pecans?

    Well, mostly the sheer number of pecans the state produces … around 100 million pounds every year!

    That’s more than any other state.

    So it makes sense the title of “Pecan Capital of the World” belongs to Albany and Dougherty counties in Georgia.

    Plus, Georgia pecans are especially big and meaty, with amazing flavor.

    Of course, Georgia’s been at this pecan business a long time. The state first began producing pecans commercially in the late 1800s.

    Georgia’s peak harvest season begins in September and runs through November. But don’t worry, you can buy Georgia pecans all year long.

    Scroll down for some ideas on celebrating this delightfully nutty unofficial holiday.

     

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    How to Celebrate National Georgia Pecan Month

    You do know by now how these food holidays go, right?

    You celebrate ‘em by eating the food!

    So eat pecans. Specifically pecans from Georgia.

    • Eat a handful as a snack … either fresh or toasted.
    • Add them to salads, sauces, casseroles, etc.
    • Make or buy pecan pie, pecan brittle, or another pecan dessert.

     

    Need a recipe for inspiration? See if one of these looks good to you.

    Pecans for Breakfast:

     

    Pecans for Lunch/Dinner:

     

    Pecans for Dessert/Snacking:

     

    And we can’t forget our favorite pecan pie recipe.

    Do you have a favorite recipe using pecans?

    Share!

     

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