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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Pockets Full of Pansies

  Eastpoint, FL

We are a family run nursery specializing in heirloom vegetable and herb transplants. We grow many different varieties of tomatoes, peppers and herbs as well as a few unique varieties of everything else. So far we have supplied wholesale to local hardware and feed stores but we have gotten the licensing to begin a retail market. (more...)


Perennial Roots

  Accomac, VA

Our project began as a homestead. We were looking to live a simpler life. As we cultivated herbs and tended our trees, we began to produce more than we could eat. We eased into selling to neighbors and friends and markets. We use no pesticides or herbicides -- we are a no-spray farm. (more...)


Owl's Nest Plantation

  Cross, SC

Owl's Nest Plantation is a Certified Naturally Grown Farm and a full service Organic and Natural Foods Purveyor serving the general public, restaurants, retail and wholesale accounts. We offer a widely diversified selection of the finest and freshest Organic and Natural foods. (more...)


Owl Hollow Farm

  Mc Donald, TN

Owl Hollow Farm is a secluded farmstead near Cleveland, TN. Most of the property is mature and transitional forest and is a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. Providing Habitat for wildlife is important to us and is essential to the process of growing healthy food for our family and friends. (more...)


Old Towne Farmers Market

  Olive Branch, MS

Open-air market, certified by MS Dept. of Agriculture, offering locally grown fresh Produce, Cottage foods, Baked goods, Honey, Arts and Crafts.(more...)


Old Thyme Farms

  Oxford, MS

Old Thyme Farms is located in the university town of Oxford, Mississippi. Currently we have 2 farm locations (multi acerages) under cultivation. We raise heritage breed hogs (Tamworth and Berkshire), hair sheep, herbs, gourmet mushrooms and produce (mostly heirloom). (more...)