April is National Pecan Month, and it’s only natural for Americans to love pecans: The pecan is the only nut tree native to North America. It’s been growing wild and in cultivation from the northeastern United States all the way down to the river valleys of Mexico… so naturally, all these regions from north to south have developed a different way of pronouncing “pecan.”
In fact, the linguistics department at University of Wisconsin Milwaukee identified eight different ways Americans say “pecan”, and plotted them all out on this fun map.
Take a listen to these various pronunciations and learn a little more about the beloved pecan in my latest video!
So, just how do you say it?
More fun than saying “pecans” is eating them. Here’s a tried and true pecan recipe that makes a great snack or gift.
Spicy Glazed Pecans
adapted from Spiced Pecans by Alton Brown
1 lb. whole pecans
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. cinnamon
1⁄4 tsp. cayenne pepper
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. coconut oil
1⁄4 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. water
Place pecans in a large saute pan and toast over medium heat for 4-5 minutes. Stir frequently until just browned.
Add butter and coconut oil and stir to coat pecans.
Add spices and stir to combine.
Add sugar and water; stir and cook until mixture forms a glaze.
Pour the pecans evenly onto a sheet pan to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.
Find more great recipes at ilovepecans.org.
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