The Pecan is a species of hickory native to northern Mexico and the southern United States in the region of the Mississippi River. The Pecan is not truly a nut, but is technically a drupe - a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk.
Rich and distinctive in flavour and texture, the Pecan has one of the highest fat contents of any nut. It is these heart healthy monounsaturated fats, such as oleic acid, that impart some of the many health benefits of these delicious nuts. They are rich in vitamin E - just one serving provides over fifty percent of the daily RDI of this important nutrient.
Pecans are perhaps most famously used in the classic North American dish "Pecan Pie", however they make a perfect high energy snack when eaten straight.