National Pecan Day Date in the current year: April 14, 2016

National Pecan Day April 14 is National Pecan Day. This nut is native to the United Sates and Mexico, that is why early colonials could enjoy wild pecans.

The U.S. is known as the largest world producer of pecan. Commercial growing of these nuts began in the 1880s. Today more than 10 million trees produce about 150-200 tons of pecans annually.

Did you know that pecan is actually not a nut? Technically it's a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or a pit, that is surrounded by a husk. Although pecan is not quite a nut, it's a great source of protein and unsaturated fats. Pecans are rich in fatty acids omega-6. Two pecans provide about 10 % of the recommended daily value for zinc.

There are many ways to celebrate National Pecan Day. You can eat pecans as a tasty snack or use them to make a pie or cookies. There are plenty of recipes you can find to use pecans for any dessert. But if don't feel like making a dessert, we would also recommend you to make pecan-crusted salmon. Baked fish will have a distinct nutty flavor, that no one will be able to resist.

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