American Native Pecan

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Originally renowned for their tough, difficult to crack shells, the fruits of the American Native Pecan tree are the inspiration for the tree's name. The entomological root of pecan is 'pacane,' which comes from the Algonquin language and means "nut so hard as to require a stone to crack." Because of current market demands, this name is no longer completely fitting, as pecan varieties are now cultivated to have thin, easily crackable shells.

During its potential 150-year life, each pecan tree produces a nut that is unique in variety, producing millions of distinctive pecan nut flavors. Texas leads the nation in pecan production with an estimated 600,000 acres of trees consisting of 30,000,000 individual trees.

Presently, the pecan is eaten mostly raw or baked into the pecan pie, the epitome of an American dessert. The nut has been a staple food for American Indians who pound the nut into a thin meal and then add water to create a nutritious pecan milk. Pecans are also frequently added to vegetable dishes that included beans, corn and squashes.

Pecans are highly nutritious as they are sodium-free and contain upwards of 19 vitamins and minerals. As a nut with a high protein content, (18% protein content) the pecan is listed on the USDA Food Guide pyramid as a nourishing alternative protein for people on a plant-based diet.

Although not explicitly endangered, the American Native Pecan is at risk and in need of revitalization.


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pecanshop.com

  McGregor, TX

Our Texas native pecans are: sustainable � Texas native pecans are not planted in orchards but grow wild. They do not require irrigation, fertilization, or spraying and are compatible with soil-building grasses. (more...)


WitnessTree Land & Livestock

  Gerald, MO

We are a small family farm focusing on rare and heritage breeds of livestock and poultry and heirloom seeds. We also utilize some animal-powered farming methods, and are proponents of farming "the old way". We grow most of what we eat and strive to be more sustainable as we go along. (more...)


Willow Bend Farm

  Hiltons, VA

Willow Bend Farm is a family owned sustainable farm. We raise heritage breed ducks and dairy goats and grow heirloom vegetables. We also grow gourmet mushrooms, tend to our honey bees and offer workshops on a variety of topics.(more...)


Wild Things Farm

  Pocola, OK

Our season begins in April with luscious strawberries, both you pick and ready pick. Blueberries begin in late May followed by blackberries. In the summer, sweet corn, tomatoes, melons and other vegetables are available. Or come and experience some great country fun in the fall in our 5 acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, and hay ride.(more...)


Walnut Hollow Farms

  Dallas, NC

Walnut Hollow Farms is a group of five farms in northern Gaston county, NC, owned and overseen by our family. All five farms were owned by our ancestors. When Nicholas Friday first moved here, to start his family, from York, PA, in the 1750s Gaston county hadn't yet been established (est. 1846) . (more...)


Vital Mission Farm

  Wadmalaw Island, SC

We are a regenerative farm that goes beyond sustainable and beyond organic. Our mission is to produce the highest quality food in a manner that is nurturing for the animal, healthy for the consumer, regenerating for the soil, provides abundance for wildlife, and healing for our environment. (more...)