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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King's Crossing Farm

  San Saba, TX

We love growing pecans, fruits, and vegetables and sharing them with others that value wholesome, nutrient dense foods.(more...)


Kansas City Food Circle

  Kansas City, MO

The Kansas City Food Circle promotes a sustainable regional food system by connecting Eaters and local, organic, and free-range Farmers. We serve Eaters and Farmers in the greater Kansas City area on both sides of the Missouri/Kansas state line by providing an alternative to the industrialized agricultural system How You Can Get Involved (more...)


Johnson's Backyard Garden

  Austin, TX

We started our farm in East Austin in 2004 with a 30x50 foot "Backyard Garden." Since then, we've expanded to a larger farm and our CSA membership includes folks in Austin and surrounding areas. (more...)


Jackson Farm

  Godwin, NC

We sell to local farm markets and restaurants, and will mail order cured alliums in season. We also offer an outdoor farm wedding venue suitable for a few, a few dozen, or a few hundred guests with a 3 acre parking lot. We provide grooming, water and electricity, and clean up afterwards. (more...)


Isis Gardens

  Mt Vernon, MS

We are a small CSA based farm that also sales directly to the public at the farm. We raise many types of heirloom veggies throughout the year. Our main interest is maintaining a Strang a growing CSA. We are also trying to grow mushrooms, fruit brambles & trees, and Increasing the awareness of Biological based farming!!! (more...)


Illinois Paradise Farm

  Toledo, IL

We custom graft fruit trees and propagate your desired fruit bearing plants, ready to be planted in your local climate by talking to you and making sure what you order will live and thrive. We love growing plants and want to make sure everything you order will produce and make you happy for years to come. (more...)