July 12this Pecan Pie Day! This sweet dessert has a bit of everything, a smooth filling and a crunchy top! Traditional recipes call for roaster pecans, eggs, butter and brown sugar, but it’s always fun to mix it up. Many people add in chocolate, bourbon, or something else to finish their secret recipe!
In America, this pie is a southern classic, but like many desserts, pecan pie started in France. When the French moved to New Orleans, they began to bake the first American pecan pies. Years later, the Karo Company popularized it and added in their own special corn syrup.
Today is a great day to treat yourself to a slice of pecan pie. Go to the local bakery and pick one up, or if you are up to it, make one yourself! Top it off with some whipped cream and enjoy!
Some Fun Facts About Pecans....
- Some of the larger pecan shellers process 150,000 pounds of pecans each day. That’s enough to make 300,000 pecan pies!
- It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
- Pecans in space: it would take a line of over 10-billion pecans to reach the moon!
- Would you go nuts for a refreshing dip in the pool? You’d need a lot of pecans – 144 million to be exact – to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool.
- Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S. Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
- Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919. In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
- Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher. Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.
- That’s one heavy nut: it would take 5,640 pecan halves to equal the weight of a standard watermelon.
- Pecans come in a variety of sizes – mammoth, extra large, large, medium, small and midget. They also come in several forms including whole pecans, pecan halves, pieces, granules and meal.
- There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans. Many are named for Native American Indian tribes, including Cheyenne, Mohawk, Sioux, Choctaw and Shawnee.
- The U.S. produces about 80% of the world’s pecan crop.