The name "pecan' is an algonquin word meaning "a tough nut to crack."
The history of pecans can be traced back to the 16th century, originating in Central and Eastern North America and the river valleys of Mexico.
George Washington and Thomas Jefferson planted pecan trees in the 1700s. Washington called them "Mississippi nuts."
Astronauts took pecans to the moon in two Apollo space missions.
Pecans are heart-healthy, containing 87 percent unsaturated fatty acids, 62 percent monounsaturated and 25 percent polyunsaturated.