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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Dawn Wind

  Pleasant Hill, MO

This is a small operation. I maintain a small flock of sheep and goats. They are grazed during the summer, but do receive some supplemental grain in the winter. I typically have some available for sale in the fall. I also raise heritage chickens and often have those for sale also.(more...)

Cypress Lake Ranch

  Bonham, TX

We grow heirloom tomatoes, okra, cucumbers and a few other heirloom vegetables using no pesticides. We also grow some non-heirloom varieties; all organically (non-certified). We are experimenting with our aeroponic growing tower this year, first growing strawberries. (more...)

Copper Cricket Farm

  Machipongo, VA

The Copper Cricket Farm is a small diverse farm located in Machipongo, VA, offering a subscription service for vegetables from April until December each year. All vegetables are grown without pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers. (more...)

Cold Springs Farm CSA

  Weatherford, TX

Cold Springs Farm is a specializes in heirloom and rare varieties, as well as new varieties. The farm is in the NRCS transition to organic EQIP program as well as Certified Naturally grown. Please look at the farm website for information on the CSA (more...)

Camp Creek Farm

  Tyler, AL

We are a local Certified Naturally Grown farm in Tyler, Al. We are very focused on preserving biodiversity at Camp Creek Farm. We grow numerous heirloom varieties of vegetables for sale in the River Region. All Camp Creek Farm produce is grown from non-GMO seeds. We do not use any fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides unless they are organic. (more...)

Byrd's Pecans

  Butler, MO    LocalHarvest Sponsor!

L. V. Byrd started everything in 1964 with high ideals and an even higher work ethic. He stood behind Missouri pecans being higher in quality and richer in taste than other pecans. The tradition he started 50 years ago and his spirit lives on in every pecan we harvest from our 500 acre grove of more than 14,000 trees and bring to you. (more...)