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  • Pecans have been certified as a “Heart-Healthy Food” by the American Heart Association.
  • “Pecan” is from an Algonquian (Native American tribe) word meaning a nut requiring a stone to crack.
  • Pecan trees can live over 200 years.
  • Pecan trees are native to Texas.
  • 80% to 95% of the pecans grown in the world come from the United States.
  • Pecan trees can grow to a height of 130 feet.
  • The best soil for growing pecans is found in river bottom floodplains.
  • During the heat of summer each tree needs 150 gallons of water per day.
  • One inch of rain falling on one acre of land is equivalent to 27,154 gallons of water.
  • Even under drought stress pecan leaves will not wilt.
  • Even though the tap root of a pecan tree can grow 20 feet deep, 95% of the absorptive roots are found in the top 24 inches of soil.
  • Both male (pollen producing) and female (nut producing) flowers grow on the same tree.
  • Pecan trees have flowers in the spring but since they are wind-pollinated there is no need to attract insects therefore they have no aroma or color.
  • 70% (by weight) of the pecan kernel is made up of oil. Studies have shown that pecan oil is heart-healthy.
  • Clinical research published in the Journal of Nutrition (September 2001) found that eating about a handful of pecans each day may help lower cholesterol levels similar to what is often seen with cholesterol-lowering medications.

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