Pecan

Alabama State Nut

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Pecan nuts on the tree

Ripe pecans on the tree; photo by Corey Leopold on Flickr (use permitted with attribution).

Pecan

Alabama designated the pecan as the official state nut in 1982. Pecan trees are grown all over Alabama. There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans - many are named for Native American Indian tribes such as Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee. The pecan, because of its pure American heritage, is honored by having the month of April declared as National Pecan Month. Astronauts took pecans to the moon on two Apollo space missions.

Condensed from Vegetarians in Paradise: Pecans - The True Blue-Blooded Americans:

"Thomas Jefferson transplanted pecan trees from the Mississippi Valley to his home in Monticello. He also gave some of the trees to George Washington, who planted them in 1775 at his Mount Vernon home... three of those original trees still thrive at Mount Vernon. The pecan was a favorite nut of both presidents...George Washington was said to carry pecans in his pocket frequently". 

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Images

Photo © The Bragg Pecan Store (used by permission). 
Pecan nuts cracked

Pecans in the shell; photo by Martin LaBar on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution).

Pecan nuts