Pecans are the next great nut

The unofficial nut of the South may soon be held dear across health food circles as well. In fact, Margaret Lisi of the Center for Pecan Innovation in Atlanta says that domestic consumption of pecans is up nearly 10% since last year.

Per pound, the 2014 price point for pecans was about $1.91, versus the $3.50 for industry-favorite almonds. Part of why they are more affordable is because they are so sustainable, and versatile. There are nearly 200 types of pecans, most of which grow in abundance in the South. Lisi states that even if there were a drought, pecans would still continue to thrive, as most of their natural habitat is dry and hot.

Pecans actually contain more antioxidants than most nuts, and are a great source of fiber. They’re also loaded with vitamins A and E, folate, potassium and zinc. They’re high in monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, as well. They are truly a heart-healthy, and tasty, snack and can be a delicious addition to any meal.


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