Wednesday, June 8
In the southern United States, no Thanksgiving dinner would be complete without a homemade pecan pie to top off the turkey and dressing. The pecan lends its flavor to world-famous New Orleans pralines as well as cookies, ice creams, and is even delicious right out of the shell due to the rich buttery flavor. Due to its popularity, the pecan is one of the most recently domesticated major crops, even though Native Americans and colonists considered them a delicacy since time immemorial.
The pecan tree is a great investment for anyone who has some open ground and a love of the rich buttery nut, after becoming established a pecan tree can produce edible fruit for as much as three hundred years, guaranteeing that any planting will bring joy for many generations to come. The tree itself is deciduous and may reach heights of up to almost 150 feet and spread up to 75 feet providing valuable shade and scenic beauty as well as abundant nuts.
Because the tree is native to much of the southern United States landscapers and home gardeners can grow the tree with relative ease in these areas as it is acclimated to the climate and environment. The pecan flourishes where some others falter and excels at, providing shelter, shade, and food not only for the landscaper but also for native wildlife such as squirrels and birds. If you have an area where you need a tree or two, and you love pecan pie, consider the pecan as an investment in the future and natural beauty for today.