The holidays just got a whole lot nuttier - November is National Georgia Pecan Month!
Whether you pronounce it "pea-can" or "pu-cahn," it's about time we got to know this nutritious nut a bit better, so here are six pecan facts from the Georgia Pecan Commission:
-There are about 78 pecans used in the average pecan pie.
-Pecans are the only tree nut truly native to the United States.
-Georgia produces more pecans than any other state, and has done so since the late 1800s.
-Pecans are one of the largest fruit-bearing trees. An acre of farmed pecan trees will yield roughly 1,000 pounds of pecans.
-Thomas Jefferson loved pecans so much, he had pecan trees from Louisiana brought to his Monticello estate in Virginia.
-The handles for the torches used to carry the Olympic flame in the 1996 games (which Atlanta hosted) were made out of pecan wood.