American Pecan Council

The American Pecan Council (APC) is an organization of U.S. pecan growers and handlers (processors) who are working together to build demand for American Pecans. Created as a result of the recently approved Federal Marketing Order for pecans, the APC is helping to tell the unique story of America’s native nut. The APC is based in Fort Worth, Texas, and funders include pecan handlers in the 15 pecan-producing states of the United States: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas.

Pecans are the only major tree nut that is truly native to the United States – other tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts and pistachios, were brought to America from the Middle East or Europe. While often thought of as a dessert nut, pecans are just as heart-healthy as other tree nuts and have similar scientific research documenting their heart-health benefits. But what makes pecans unique is that they contain phytonutrients, specifically flavonoids (10 mg per ounce), at levels comparable to some superfruits. Pecans also contain gamma-tocopherols, a form of vitamin E (7 mg per ounce). On top of all that, pecans have a naturally sweet and rich, buttery taste that many chefs and food experts prefer.

America’s native nut is primarily grown in 15 U.S. states: Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Texas. Growers and shellers from each of these pecan-growing states are participating in the American Pecan Council. Pecans are typically harvested between October and December, depending on the region and variety of pecan. Fortunately, American Pecans are available year-round, so they’re always in season.

Pecans are widely available in supermarkets, natural food stores and other retailers where nuts are sold. They’re especially abundant in grocery stores during pecan harvest and the holiday season – from October to December. However, you can easily buy pecans all year long. If you cannot find the types of pecans you are looking for where you shop, let the store manager know about your request.

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