Pecans... The More You Know
PECAN - /p'ka:n/, /p'kaen/, /'pi:ka:n/
The pecan tree is a large deciduous tree- meaning “falling off at maturity”. Trees may grow to 20–40 m (66–131 ft) in height. A pecan, like the fruit of all other members of the hickory genus, is not truly a nut, but is technically a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk. The husks are produced from the exocarp tissue of the flower, while the part known as the nut develops from the endocarp and contains the seed.
Pecan seeds are edible, with a rich, buttery flavor. They can be eaten fresh (raw) or used in cooking, particularly in sweet desserts. One of the most common desserts with the pecan as a central ingredient is the pecan pie, a traditional Southern U.S. dish. Pecans are also a major ingredient in praline candy.