The American Pecan Board was founded as an organization to represent all segments of the pecan industry; those who grow and produce, those who buy and distribute, and those who shell and process this healthful food.
“The American Pecan” is truly a national treasure. Of the seven tree nuts grown worldwide, the pecan is the only one native to North America. Grown in fourteen states from the Carolinas to California, the pecan has long been a staple in the American diet. Recently, the world has discovered the great taste, the healthful qualities, and the versatility of pecans.
American producers (growers) labor year ’round to provide for consumers the best of one of Nature’s most healthful foods. The pecan kernel is the result of sunshine, water, and plant energy produced by a natural manufacturing plant called a pecan tree.
American processors (shellers) continue to add value for the consumer by cracking, shelling, sorting, and grading the pecan meats into delectable kernels for snack foods, entree enhancements, salad garnishments, baking ingredients, and a myriad of other chef imaginations. American shellers are second to none in the safe and healthy processing of the nutrient packed nut.
A number of scientific studies substantiate the health benefits of eating pecans. Recently, the New England Journal of Medicine reported that the regular consumption of nuts, including pecans, was directly associated with longevity of life in both men and women.
The American Pecan Board is dedicated to telling the story of “The American Pecan” across the country and the world.