Pecan – How Do You Say This Word?

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Is it PEE-cans, pih-KAHNS, PO-kahns, or even PECK-ans?  According to askville by Amazon this word may even be pronounced as follows

  • pee-can’
  • pee-con’
  • puh-con’
  • puh-coon’
  • pic-con’
  • pee’-can
  • pic’-cun

Pecans have been a hot topic in the news within the last few years and rightfully so.  This versatile nut ranks highest among all nuts in antioxidant capacity.  Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals – including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. One ounce of nutrient dense pecans provides 10% of the recommended Daily Value for fiber.   From lowering cholesterol to helping fight diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s to enjoying pecan pralines, nothing compares to the pecan!

Below is portion of an article from http://farmflavor.com/how-do-you-say-pecan-mapping-food-dialect-trends-across-the-u-s/ow  for you to enjoy.

How do YOU say pecan?  Turns out, it depends on where you’re from.  Joshua Katz, a doctoral student studying statistics at NC State University, recently created interactive dialect maps using data from Bert Vaux at the University of Cambridge. For example, check out the map showing how people pronounce “pecan”:

pecan pronunciation map

It shows that pee-KAHN is dominant nationwide, but in areas of Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Mississippi, pick-AHN reigns supreme. PEE-can is popular on the East Coast and in New England, while folks from Wisconsin, northern Minnesota and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula go with PEE-kahn.

The linguistics department at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee just also shared a pecan pronunciation map that gives another option – where people may say pee-KAHN by itself, but then say PEE-can when using a compound word, like pecan pie.

So again – How do YOU say pecan?  Leave us a comment….

Pecan Crop Prediction is 256 Million Pounds

The 2014 Tri-State Pecan Growers Conference was held in Alexandria, Louisiana from June 19-20.  Growers attending were from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas.  At the conclusion of the meeting the much anticipated pecan crop guesstimate was given by Ben Littlepage of Colfax, Louisiana.  The 2014 U.S. Pecan Crop estimate by Mr. Littlepage was 256 million pounds.

Following is the state-by-state prediction for the 2014 pecan crop:

Alabama ……………………………9.0 million lbs.

Arizona ……………………………18.0 million lbs.

Arkansas ……………………………3.0 million lbs.

California ……………………………4.0 million lbs.

Florida ……………………………….1.0 million lbs.

Georgia …………………………….65.0 million lbs.

Kansas ……………………………….2.0 million lbs.

Louisiana ………………………….16.0 million lbs.

Mississippi ………………………….1.0 million lbs.

Missouri ……………………………..1.0 million lbs.

New Mexico ……………………….55.0 million lbs.

North Carolina ……………………..0.5 million lbs.

Oklahoma …………………………..15.0 million lbs.

South Carolina ……………………..0.5 million lbs.

Texas ………………………………..65.0 million lbs.

U.S. Total ………………………….256 million lbs.

Participants toured two local pecan orchards over the course of the two days. The Inglewood Orchard and Harvest Barn became a certified organic operation last year, after the required 3-year period of not using synthetic management methods.  This orchard is around 80 acres.  Trey Decker with Inglewood Farm presented the group with information about this farm’s operation.   The second orchard toured was Rosalie Plantation.  This farm is centered around a picturesque antebellum sugarmill and includes approximately 100 acres of improved pecan trees .

Other speakers included Charlie Graham from the LSU Pecan Research Station, Bill Goff retired from Auburn University Horticulture and George Ray McEachern from Texas A&M University.  Information about pecan orchard management, specifically about orchard spacing, thinning and hedging was discussed.  Pest and disease control as well as updates on the future of pecan research in Louisiana were talked about also.

Louisiana pecan growers in particular say that this year’s crop in each pecan orchard looks to be good compared to the last couple of years as it has not been as dry.  However – all wise pecan growers know – Do not count your nuts before they are in the bag!

Pecans in the Bag

Pecans in the Bag

National Pecan Pie Day

National Pecan Pie Day is annually celebrated on July 12.  With that being said everyone needs to be sure they have shelled pecans on hand to make this delicious dessert.

What is pecan pie?  Wikipedia.org defines pecan pie as a pie made primarily with corn syrup and pecan nuts.  Variations may include white or brown sugar, sugar syrup, molasses, maple syrup, or honey.  It is popularly served at holiday meals and is also considered a specialty of  Southern U.S. cuisine. Most pecan recipes for this pie include salt and vanilla as flavorings. Chocolate and bourbon whiskey are other popular additions to the recipe.  Pecan pie is often served with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. 

Pecan pie is actually French in origin.  The first American pecan pies were baked by French immigrants living in New Orleans.  Many years later, the Karo company popularized this creation with recipes that called for the company’s corn syrup as one of the ingredients.  The recipe below is simple to prepare so try it and let us know how it turned out!

 

Happy Pecan Pie Day

Happy Pecan Pie Day