National Georgia pecan month
November 19th, 2012
09:00 AM ET
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While you're frying up some eggs and bacon, we're cooking up something else: a way to celebrate today's food holiday.

The holidays just got a whole lot nuttier - November is National Georgia Pecan Month!

Whether you pronounce it "pea-can" or "pu-cahn," it’s about time we got to know this nutritious nut a bit better, so here are six pecan facts from the Georgia Pecan Commission:

  • There are about 78 pecans used in the average pecan pie.
  • Pecans are the only tree nut truly native to the United States.
  • Georgia produces more pecans than any other state, and has done so since the late 1800s.
  • Pecans are one of the largest fruit-bearing trees. An acre of farmed pecan trees will yield roughly 1,000 pounds of pecans.
  • Thomas Jefferson loved pecans so much, he had pecan trees from Louisiana brought to his Monticello estate in Virginia.
  • The handles for the torches used to carry the Olympic flame in the 1996 games (which Atlanta hosted) were made out of pecan wood.
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  1. TSuisei

    I've switch to other recipes or nuts for most of my baking that used to feature peacans. There's no reason for pecans to cost as much as they do.

    November 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  2. miguelreels

    pecans is the best i am from ya ya ya

    November 19, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  3. miguelreels

    i am the smartest person in the world

    November 19, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • TheSmartestManintheWorld

      Sorry dude, that name is taken...better luck next time.

      November 19, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  4. ohioan

    my husband's favorite pie is pecan pie. I can't stand it but I've made him one or two a year since I was about 15 or 16 years old.

    November 19, 2012 at 10:55 am |
  5. Etta Cornbread

    I'm from Georgia. I guess it is a pecan state. I've just never cared alot for them though. Cashews for me. : ) : ).

    November 19, 2012 at 10:45 am |
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