Pecan Facts

  • 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.