Did You Know?

Pecans come in a variety of sizes including mammoth, extra large, large, medium, small and midget.

  • Pecans are sold as whole nuts, halves, pieces, granules or meal.
  • There are more than 1,000 named varieties of pecans.
  • Many pecan varieties are named after Native American tribes: Cheyenne, Mohawk, Choctaw, Sioux and Shawnee.
  • The pecan kernel is 70 percent oil.
  • Pecans are one of the most recently domesticated crops, only being commercially produced within the last 200 years.
  • Pecans are wind-pollinated.
  • Pecans are certified as heart-healthy by the American Heart Association.
  • The city of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records by making a pecan pie 40-foot in diameter. The city holds the world record for largest pecan brownie, as well.
  • Georgia pecan wood was selected by the Atlanta Committee to make the handles of the torches for the 1996 Olympic Games.
  • The pecan tree at the Alamo is the oldest tree on the property. It was planted in 1850.
  • Trees can take two centuries to mature to their full strength and size; durability is one of the qualities that make pecan wood ideal for fine woodworking.
  • Roasted pecan shells were a common coffee substitute in Civil War rations.

Top U.S. Pecan Exports by Country

No. 1 Rank For U.S. Pecan Export By Volume And Value | Hong Kong
No. 2 Rank For U.S. Pecan Export By Volume And Value | Mexico
No. 3 Rank For U.S. Pecan Export By Value and No. 4 Rank For U.S. Pecan Export By Volume | Canada
 
No. 3 Rank For U.S. Pecan Export By Volume and No. 4 Rank For U.S. Pecan Export By Value | Vietnam
 
No. 5 Rank For U.S. Pecan Export By Volume And Value | Netherlands