Here in Louisiana, pecans can be found scattered across the ground throughout most of the autumn season. Pecans are nuts native to the southern United States and northern Central America, and have had a heavy impact on the food culture of these areas, particularly in the Southeast US states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
The name pecan comes from the Algonquin Native American language, and the seeds contained within have a chewy texture with a rich, butter-like flavor. Because of this rich flavor, pecans are used frequently in many dessert recipes but can sometimes be found as a flavor in various meat dishes.
Here are a few state facts about pecans:
- Pecan pie is the state meal in Oklahoma.
- The pecan tree is the state tree of Texas.
- The pecan is the official state nut in Alabama, Arkansas, and California.