Its got a little science, a little history, and a little biography, all of which I’ve tried to combine in a reader-friendly format for those who already have an interest in the pecan as well as those who don’t yet know about it.
Pecan: America’s Native Nut Tree is available now from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Books A Million.
She created her pie filling with Karo syrup (of course), eggs, vanilla, sugar, vanilla extract and lots of pecans.
The rest as they say is history The Best Pecan Pie which has become so synonymous with Southeastern regional cooking can also be created with several different flavor profiles to add distinctive twists to this classic.
A Bit of Pecan History Pecans belong to the hickory family and are the only native American tree nut.
The word “pecan” is a Native American word that means “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.” That would be about right since these nuts can be tricky to crack open.
As I dug through this material and decades worth of Pecan South, Pecan Grower, and Pecan Journal magazines, it dawned on me that this wealth of information on the history of the pecan, first as a tree and later as a crop, should be compiled in one place.
In order to make it a little more interesting to the average reader, I dug deeper into the stories of the people involved in making the pecan the international crop it is today.
The files he left behind were a great source of information on pecan production and helped me immensely in learning about the biology of the pecan tree and its requirements for producing a crop, most of which I use on a daily basis in my job.The traditional pecan pie recipe didn't appear in popular cookbooks such as The Joy of Cooking and Fannie Farmer any earlier than 1940.But probably the most famous rendition of this now-classic dessert stems from the pecan pie created by the wife of a Karo syrup salesman's wife who baked her first one in the 1930s.Pecan pie is such a staple of Southern life that it has been praised in popular music about the area: Beneath the shade of a Georgia pine And that's home you know Sweet tea, pecan pie and homemade wine Where the peaches grow ~ Zac Brown Band Legend has it that the French people who settled in New Orleans made the first pecan pie after eating pecans given to them by Native American tribes.Some also claim that pecan pie originated in Alabama in the early 1800s but there is no written documentation to substantiate it.