PECAN Trivia and Facts

It takes about 78 pecans for one pecan pie.

It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.

It would take a line of over 10 billion pecans to reach the moon!

Georgia has been the top pecan producing state in the nation since the late 1800s.

According to USDA July 2011 Pecan Crop Production Report, the 2010-2011 U.S. pecan harvest yielded 293,470,000 pounds of pecans.
Estimates for the 2011-12 crop year suggest U.S. orchards will produce 280,000,000 pounds of pecans.

The U.S. produces roughly 90% of the world's pecans, with an annual production of over 250 million pounds.

The South Carolina Pecan Festival in Florence County was designated as the Official Pecan Festival of South Carolina in 2011.

There are 65 people in the U.S. listed on with the last name 'Pecan'
(Mark Morton, 'Gastronomica', Fall 2010)

The Pecan (Carya illinoinensis) is a kind of hickory, generally considered to be the best-tasting of the hickories, and the most significant of the hickories as a nut crop.  Texas and Georgia are the largest producers of commercial pecans in the United States.  The pecan is a major agricultural tree, but not top ranked as an ornamental.  Pecans are difficult to transplant, and they cannot be counted on to produce good crops of nuts when used as landscape trees.

There are about 1,000 varieties of pecans, many of them named after Native American tribes.

Pecans are native to the Mississippi valley area of the U.S.

The Official State Nut of Alabama is the Pecan (1982).
The Pecan Tree (Carya illinoinensis) was designated as the Official Tree of Texas in 1919 and the Pecan was designated as the Official Health Nut of Texas in 2001.

Georgia is the largest producer of pecans in the U.S.

The world's largest pecan nursery is in Lumberton, Mississippi.

Pecan trees produce 25 to 45 pounds per tree in alternate years. They are an alternate-bearing tree, producing nuts every 2nd year. Researchers are working on developing a tree that will produce a large crop annually.

It would take about 144 million pecans to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.

More than 80% of pecans sold are already shelled.

Okmulgee, Oklahoma, holds the world's record for largest pecan pie, pecan cookie, and pecan brownie. The town holds an annual Pecan Festival each June. The Pecan Festival was discontinued in 2009.

Astronauts took pecans to the moon in two Apollo space missions. Pecan wood is used in agricultural implements, baseball bats, hammer handles, furniture, wall paneling, flooring, religious carvings, and firewood. Logo

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