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Pecan Nuts

Class 1 - USA

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Pecan

Pronounce it: pee-kan

Related to the walnut, pecans are native to America, and grow enclosed in a glossy, browny-red oval shell. The kernel inside shares the walnut's trademark grooved surface but has a slightly more even, oval shape. Its skin is a warmer, lighter brown, and the nut itself is creamier in colour.

Sweet and rich, the pecan's distinct flavour and texture is the result of its high levels of monosaturated oil - in fact, it's the fattiest of all nuts. It goes well in both savoury and sweet dishes, most famously pecan pie, a classic recipe from the American south.

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Availability

Shelled pecans are available all year round. Unshelled pecans are around during autumn.

Choose the best

When buying unshelled pecans, look for those that are smooth and uncracked and avoid those that rattle when they're shaken. Shelled pecans should be sold in airtight packaging.

Prepare it

Pecans in their shells can be opened using a nut cracker. Eat raw, as they are, or toast to bring out more of their flavour: place the nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer and bake on a medium heat for 10-12 minutes. They are ready when the kernels turn golden.

You can achieve the same effect by dry frying them: put in a dry frying pan over a medium heat, and keep the pan moving to make sure they colour evenly and don't burn.

Store it

Unopened packets of pecans should be stored in a cool, dry place - they'll last for up to 3 months. Once opened, they should be kept in an airtight container in the fridge and eaten with in 7 days.

Cook it

Add to salads or muesli; use for baking; eat on its own, or as a snack to accompany drinks.

Recipes

Pecan pie

Pecan pie

By Brenda Blethyn

Perhaps most famous for their role in the all-American pecan-pie, but are equally good in brownies, cookies and cakes, try our delicious recipes.

Recipes

Main course

Light meals and snacks

Brunch

Starters and nibbles

Desserts

Cakes and baking

Other

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Buyer's guide

They are native to North America where they're still used in abundance, especially in cakes, pies and cookies. They belong to the same family as the walnut and have the same distinctive texture and 'brain-like' shape, but a slightly sweeter taste. Pecans are prone to rancidity, so use them as fresh as possible.


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