April is officially National Pecan Month, and Hickory Farms is excited to share some interesting facts about this delicious nut — and, of course — a few yummy pecan treats you can whip up in celebration.
Before you start baking, refresh your pecan knowledge with these fun facts:
- Pecans are super healthy for you. Not only do pecans contain more antioxidants than any other nut, they also contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals.
- Since theU.S.produces more than 80 percent of the world’s pecans, this nut is truly an American food.
- When choosing your pecans, you have options. This nut ranges in size from mammoth to midget. There are more than 1,000 unique varieties.
- Every day, shellers process more than 150,000 pounds of pecans. This is enough to make 300,000 delicious pies!
Now that you know the facts, it’s time to put your pecans to use with some decadent dishes, starting with a Pecan-Chutney Cheese Spread. In a food processor, combine cream cheese, curry powder, dry mustard and mango chutney. Then, mix in chopped pecans, green onion and toasted coconut. Afterwards, serve with crackers and assorted fruits.
What could be better than combining bacon and pecans? Enjoy this delicious combination with a fun twist on Bacon-Wrapped Figs. Start by stirring a handful of basil into a log of goat cheese. Then, cut figs in half and top with a scoop of cheese and a piece of pecan. Finally, wrap with a slice of bacon and bake.
For a little something sweet, try an Apple-Pecan Pie Cobbler. Simply cook down the apples with butter and corn syrup. Then, divide the apple mixture into individual ramekins. Finish by topping with muffin mix, chopped pecans and baking until golden brown.
With these simple recipes and some fun facts, you’ll be celebrating National Pecan Month with flavor and flair. You can enjoy our delicious pecans with other fine nuts, including almonds and cashews, by grabbing Hickory Farms’ Our Finest Mixed Nuts Gift Tin today. Visit www.hickoryfarms.com for more information about our delectable treats.