The name “Pecan” came from the Native American word “Algonquin” meaning “all nuts requiring a stone to crack”. Fits some early pecan varieties perfectly! Native American tribes thrived on pecans and used various pecan growing locations as their headquarters because pecans were their food source for the entire autumn season.
During colonial times the marketing of pecans really took off. New Orleans began planting pecan orchards and experimenting with propagation techniques to send pecans to mass markets. Soon after, New Orleans became a central hub for distributing pecans because of its location at the base of the Mississippi River. During the 1800 to 1900’s businesses really began seeing the opportunities in the pecan industry and started producing different varieties of pecans.
We can see the following names of the varieties trace back to the Native American roots of pecans like Cheyenne (one of the highest quality grown), Pawnee, Desirable, Choctaw and Wichita.
Fun facts about Pecans:
- The United States produces 80% of the entire world’s crop of pecan.
- Pecans come in a variety of fun sizes:
- Mammoth, extra large, large medium, small and midget.
- Texas adopted the Pecan Tree as the state tree in 1919.
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About Pecan Shed of Wichita Falls & Henrietta
The Pecan Shed has been producing and selling premium grown Pecans for over 30 years. They have two retail locations including one in Wichita Falls, Texas and the other in Henrietta, Texas. They also offer online ordering on their pecans and select products. Read more about The Pecan Shed Here.