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Pecans: A Rich American Heritage, Rooted in the South

PecanDid you know that the pecan is the only tree nut native to America? It's true! According the the American Pecan Council, pecans are traced back more than 100 million years ago. They are the only tree nut native to North America and have not been found growing naturally anywhere else in the world. The name “pecan” is derived from the Native American (Algonquin) word “pacane” that described “nuts requiring a stone to crack.”

These patriotic delicacies have become a part of the American tradition, deeply embedded in our culture and of course, cuisine! Nothing is more American than enjoying a slice of freshly baked pecan pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, or sitting on the porch cracking pecans straight from the shell.

Global trade has brought pecans to all corners of the world, with the United States providing more than 80% of the world's pecan supply. South Georgia Pecan Co. is proud to be one of the world's major pecan processors, bringing them to all parts of the United States and the world. Our roots began in 1913 as a small shelling plant, and we have since expanded to become an industry leader in the production of safe, top quality pecans and pecan products for our customers and consumers. Today, we're focused on maintaining this rich tradition and expanding the footprint of this treasured tree nut with new offerings such as pecan butter and pecan flour. We look forward to providing our customers with top quality products for the next 100 years.

April is National Pecan Month, and we hope you'll join us in celebrating. We're excited to share more of our story, along with pecan facts and new recipes, all month long on our blog and social media.

And at the end of it all, one lucky pecan fan will win free pecans for a year! Don't wait, enter today! 

Pecans for a year

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