Pecan is one of the most nutritious, great tasting, and widely used nuts. Scientifically recognized as Carya illinoinensis, pecans are native to North America, and belong to the family of hickory trees. It is closely related to other hard shelled nuts like walnuts and almonds. However, unlike the other nuts from the hickory family, pecan nuts are much easier to crack. These nuts are characterized by a smooth, thin, and hard, tan colored shell, which encloses a bi-lobed, ‘brain-shaped’, brownish kernel with a beige flesh. Pecans have the highest fat content of any nut, which contributes to its rich buttery flavor. Though, best eaten out-of-hand, they are also used in several sweet and savory dishes. Some popular pecan recipes include recipes for pie, toasted nut caramels, and salted pecan.
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