Happy National Pecan Month!
National Pecan Day is celebrated annually on April 14. Nuts are known to be an appetite-curbing, healthy snack, but why do we have a national holiday devoted to a single nut?
Well, the pecan is the only naturally occurring nut produced in the US. It was a staple in the diet of Native Americans as early as the 1500s and is currently expected to remain in the top three most-consumed nuts in America along with peanuts and almonds. (source Utne.com)
Native Americans included pecans into their diet because they are tasty and a great source of protein – a factor of pecans that people still appreciate today.
The American Heart Association cites pecans as a healthy snack option to eat alone, include in trail mix or add to a variety of recipes. Pecans contain more antioxidants that contribute to heart health and combat diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer and heart disease than any other nut variety.
Mound City’s pecans contain NO trans-fat, cholesterol or sodium, so sprinkle them on your breakfast cereal, add them to your favorite muffin recipe or grab a handful today!
National Pecan Day Recipes
Thank you to Byron Smyrniotis, president of Mound City Shelled Nut Company, for sharing this fantastic history of the Pecan with Daily Dish Magazine!
About Mound City Shelled Nut Company
Since 1917, St. Louis-based Mound City Shelled Nut Company has manufactured the finest quality nuts, available in all-natural, salted and unsalted versions. Mound City’s proprietary roasting procedures produce naturally sweet, deliciously tender and incredibly tasty nuts. No one makes better nuts than Mound City. To purchase nuts or fresh peanut butter and learn more about Mound City, visit www.moundcity.com.