The pecan is a type of tree nut native to the Midwestern and Southern regions of North America. It is a good source of protein and healthy fats, and, according to researchers from the New Mexico State University published at at the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating two handfuls of pecans a day can lower rates of the bad cholesterol linked to heart disease.
Pecans are popular in Southern cooking; the pecan's sweet meat makes it a common dessert ingredient, though they also are often used whole as toppings for salads or chopped as a crust for soft cheese, fish and meats.
Pecans are oblong-shaped brown with a rough husk.
Selecting and Buying
Preparation and Use
Pecan shells are cracked to reveal the nut inside. Because of the high fat content of pecan nuts, they should be used immediately or else they can easily go rancid.
Conserving and Storing
Store pecans in their shell in a cool dry place. One can also try and freeze them