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April 14th is National Pecan Day
you're looking for something to do today then start munching on some
nuts because it's National Pecan Day! I'm sure you can come
with a handful of dishes to jam some pecans in! Let's get
into celebrating National Pecan Day!
WHY IS THIS A
Today is a holiday because people love pecans, to put
simply! Pecans are one of the most commonly eaten nuts and for good
reason: they taste awesome! I love pecans so I can see why people would
want to set up a day where you have no excuse not to snack on a couple
handfuls. Pecan trees are actually a species of hickory
native to North and Central American regions. The word pecan comes from
an Algonquian that means "a nut requiring a stone to crack", which
doesn't really narrow it down to this specific nut when you think about
it, but oh well!
Pecan trees grow anywhere from 66 feet to 130
feet tall and they are pollinated by the wind. And before you call me
out on it, pecans are actually drupes (NOT nuts) which means they're a
fruit with a single stone or pit. But hey, I'm still going to call them
nuts! Pecans have a buttery flavor which makes them perfect
delicious type of ice cream called Butter Pecan! They're good for your
heart and mind and are packed with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.
So don't feel bad if you go a little overboard on your celebration
today ;). You could actually be helping your body out!
So how can you celebrate today? Well, your celebration could
be as easy as going to your local grocery store and picking up a bag of
raw pecans. Then just munch on them all day! Don't forget to share
these delicious treats with others as you go through your day. You
could even feed some to some squirrels in a park if you want. It's no
fun if you're celebrating alone, right?
You could also scan the
shelves at the grocery store to see what pecan-infused items are
waiting for you to munch on. People get really creative with these nuts
because they seem to go well with most things. But I won't blame you
one bit if you head straight to the butter pecan ice cream
And hey, you're always welcome to switch things around and pick up some
pecan butter! You could even get creative yourself at home
start adding pecans in all your meals for the day. Sure, you could make
the standard pecan pie but it never hurts to step outside the norm and
see what else tastes good with pecans. Sprinkle some on a peanut butter
and jelly sandwich, toss some in a milk shake, add them to your salad,
bake them into bread or cookies or add them to your cereal. Try out
anything you can think of and let me know what's good! I hope
enjoy your day and have fun getting nutty!