Pecan trees grow widely in North America where they were first discovered several centuries ago. They are currently cultivated in the US states of Georgia, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and some other ones. They also grow in other countries - including Mexico, some European and Asian countries.
Pecan nuts are rich in many essential nutrients: vitamins - thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamins A, E and K; minerals - calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, dietary zinc; phytosterols - delta 5-avenasterol, campestanol, brassicasterol. (Ref. 1)
Like many other nuts, pecans contain a high concentration of fats - at least 71%. Healthy fats are essential for a strong cardiovascular system, brain function and muscle health.
Written by: Irina Bright
Original publication date: 2013
Republication date: 2020
1. USDA Agricultural Research Service, National Agricultural Library, Nutrient Data Laboratory (2013). Nutrient data for 12142, Nuts, pecans. Retrieved February 14, 2013 from: https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/3659