In general, pecans have a sweet nutty and buttery flavor. The flavor is quite unique and scrumptious. Though there are a few varieties of pecans and each one, have its own taste. Pawnee pecan from North America has a very rich and buttery taste. Western pecans originated from West Texas, and Arizona has a bit drier taste but a very crunchy texture. Wichita is a popular species of pecans from Texas with a little drier and crunchy taste. The native pecans are by far the best variety as they are from the native lands of Southern America. They have high oil content, which makes their flavor the richest and very buttery with a slight saltiness.
Pecans are one of the most popular types of nuts in the United States. Pecans come from Hickory trees that are mainly found in the South-central region of America and in Mexico as well. The word ‘pecan’ roots from an Algonquin word that means, ‘’nut that requires a stone to crack.’’
Pecans appear similar to walnut. However, they are more slender, longer, and smoother in texture than walnuts. They are shelled nuts. Shelled pecans have a large slender pill-like shape. The shell has brown spots and is thinner and easier to crack than that of a walnut.
History of Pecan
Pecans have been an important part of the diet and cuisine of the cultures where pecans natively grow. Mexicans and Native American tribes have relied on the pecans as their staple food in fall and winter and even traded them.
In the late 18th century, French and Spanish colonists began to cultivate Pecans and later began exporting them to other countries. New Orleans has a major habitat of pecan trees and became one of the leading markets of growing and exporting pecans in the 19th century.
In the 19th century, the pecan market became bigger, and its use in bakeries, cafes, restaurants and homes became very popular. Pecans have great importance in the culinary culture of Southern regions in the US, mainly used to make pecan pies and in flavoring coffee, ice cream and various desserts.