The Nine Pecans

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2014 at 09:27 AM.

Thinking about pecans, you would think a true Southerner would know a little more about them ….  I love pecan pie, I love pralines,  I even love picking them up with one of those sticks that looks like it has a spring or some sort of horizontal Slinky attached to it..


I looked at my nine pecans. I know the type they are – “Desirables.” 


With a little research (and imagination), I found the word “pecan” comes from a Native American word meaning, “You need to whomp it with a rock to crack it open” or a Southern word that means “You need a stick with a horizontal Slinky on the end to pick it up.”


A pecan is technically not a nut, it is a fruit with a single stone or pit – it is more specifically a “drupe.”  So it is a fruit and it has a husk around it and you make pies out of the seeds in the middle. 

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