Pecans are native to the United States. Here in Australia they grow in the warm climates of New South Wales and Queensland. Wild pecan trees in the US grow up to 50 metres and can live and produce nuts for 150 years.
Reasons to eat more pecan nuts
1. A rich source of healthy fats: monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-3. Pecans are also Cholesterol and trans-fat free, and know to improve blood cholesterol
2. Help you looking young: Pecans contain the highest level of antioxidant of any other nut and contain five times more antioxidants than raw broccoli
3. High in fibre: a 30g serve of pecans (15 kernels) provides around 10% of the recommended dietary intake of fibre for adults.
4. Help with weight management: although high in fat, research has found that eating pecans (and other nuts) can help with weight management. The fibre and protein levels in Pecans also make them great for satisfying afternoon cravings.
5. Full of nutriments: eating a handful of Pecans a day provides you with 19 vitamins and minerals
How to incorporate pecans in your diet
- Salad topping
- Pecans make a tasty addition to bread, cakes and muffins, increasing the fibre content
- Combine ricotta or light cream cheese with chopped pecans
- Sprinkle chopped pecans on your favourite breakfast cereal
- Pasta with roasted vegetables and chopped pecans
- Mix natural yoghurt with chopped pecans
- Serve as an afternoon snack with a small serve of goat’s cheese
- Have Pecans with roasted duck to add flavor, texture, and moisture
- Serve sautéed pears with Pecans and blue cheese
|Source: Chez AnneLaureT (cheese, honey, pecan)|
For recipes ideas, check Pecan Fan website