Nutrient Values for Pecans
Weight: 1 oz. (31 Large Nuts) 8 gm
Water 1.4 gm
Protein 2.2 gm
Fat 19.2 gm
Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids .8 gm
Saturated Fatty Acids 1.5 gm
Carbohydrate 5.2 gm
Vit A (IU) 36 IU
Vit A (RE) REit B-2 (riboflavin) .04 gm
Niacin .3 gm
Vit B-6 .05 mg
NA (Sodium) 0 mg
Calcium 10 mg
Phosphorus 83 mg
Iron .60 mg
Pecans retain their nutrients, freshness, and flavor with storage. Shelled pecans should be refrigerated or frozen.
Reference: Western Pecan Growers Association
Pecan kernels contain 65 to 70 percent oil. Approximately 73 percent of fresh pecan oil consists of monounsaturated (oleic) and 17 percent polyunsaturated (linoleic) fatty acids. Oleic is the same fatty acid found in olives. Olive oil has been demonstrated to be effective in reducing the risk of coronary heart disease.
Pecans an excellent source of monounsaturated fatty acid - similar to olive oil.
* The first documented evidence of nut consumption occurred around 7,000 BC, during the Stone Age.
* "Pecan" is an Algonquin word, "pakan ("pakani") meaning, "a nut requiring a stone to crack", or "a hard-shelled nut".
* Astronauts took pecans to the moon in two separate Apollo space missions. One of those missions was the Apollo 16 in 1972. Unopened pecan packets are now owned by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum!
* Roasted pecan shells were a common coffee substitute in Civil War rations.
* Many varieties of pecans are alternate-bearing. This means that one year the tree will produce large quantities of nuts, and the following year they will produce smaller harvests.
* The oldest brewery in Kiln, Mississippi, Lazy Magnolia Brewery, claims the first beer in the world made with whole roasted pecans.
* Pecan trees can live to over 200 years.
* Pecans are the only tree nut that is truly native to the United States, where it has been growing wild for millions of years!
* The United States produces 80 to 90% of the world's pecans. Georgia has been the top pecan producing state since the 1800's.
* There are over 50 varieties of pecans!