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From The University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

Information on Burkett pecans and pecan trees

The New Mexico Pecan Growers Association


General information about growth, cultivation, history, nutrition and diseases of pecan trees

Add some pecans to salad and you have a delicious healthy meal.

Add some pecans to salad and you have delicious healthy meal. Photo courtesy of

Health Benefits of Pecans
  • Pecan nuts are rich source of energy, provide 690 calories/100 g and contain health benefiting nutrients, minerals, antioxidants and vitamins that are essential for wellness.
  • The nuts are rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid and an excellent source of phenolic antioxidants. Regular addition of pecan nuts in the diet helps to decrease total as well as LDL or “bad cholesterol” and increases HDL or “good cholesterol” levels in the blood.
  • Pecan nuts are rich source of many phyto-chemical substances that may contribute to their overall antioxidant activity, including polyphenolic antioxidant ellagic acid, vitamin E, beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. Research studies state these substances help the body remove toxic oxygen-free radicals and thus, protect the body from diseases, cancers, as well as infections.
  • The nuts are very rich sources of several important B-complex groups of vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6, and folates. Together, these vitamins work as co-factors for the enzyme metabolism inside the human body.
  • The nuts are also rich source of minerals like manganese, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and selenium.

Pecan Recipes

Evolution of the Rio Grande Valley

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