Facts to go nuts about:
- Taken from the Algonquian word, “pecan” means a nut needing a stone to crack.
- To reach the top of the Empire State building in New York City, you would need 11, 624 pecans stacked end to end.
- 80% of the world’s pecan supply comes from the United States.
- With over 600,000 trees, Georgia, Albany is the pecan capital of the U.S. They also host the National Pecan Festival. This is a fun-filled festival including races, National Pecan Queen crowning, parades, cooking contests using pecans and other activities.
- Texas has the pecan tree as their state tree.
- Texas governor, James Hogg, asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his grave when he died because he liked them so much.
- Pecan cookies are a great semi-healthy snack.
- Usually combined with butter biscuits, pecans add a soft and crunchy texture to the chunky cookie. Butter biscuits are generally soft and crumbly, making them a perfect combination.
- In North America and some European countries, it is a common delicacy around Christmas time.
- Pecans provide about 10% of the recommended daily dose of zinc – which helps produce testosterone. This is the hormone responsible for desire in men and women and helps prevent osteoporosis.
A recipe that does nut get butter than anything else:
- Softened butter – one cup
- Brown sugar – 2/3 cup
- Egg – one large
- All-purpose flour – 2 cups
- Salt – ½ teaspoons
- Pecan halves – 1 and a half cups
- Cream the butter, brown sugar and egg until well mixed in a large bowl.
- Slowly add salt and flour. Mix until smooth.
- Refrigerate for one hour.
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Roll into dough balls and place a few inches apart on cookie pans or sheets.
- Flatten the balls with a flour-dipped glass bottom and press a pecan into the top.
- Bake until lightly colored – about 10 to 12 minutes.
A day that would make even the cookie monster proud, celebrate today with this delicious snack. And it’s half healthy, so it’s a perfect secret treat! Go nuts. Literally.