All Pecans

  • Heart Healthy Pecans

    5933252_S-300x200[1]Pecans are not just for pies. In fact, studies are showing that there is more to this nut than its delicious taste.

    Pecans are healthy nuts that come from the pecan tree (Carya illinoinensis), which is a tree primarily grown in North America. In fact, the name “pecan” was bestowed on this nut by North American Indians to describe the need to use a stone to crack its shell. Although they are used extensively in many recipes, pecans have also been garnering new appeal as a food that may help to keep your cholesterol levels - and heart - healthy.

    Do Pecans Really Lower Cholesterol?

    Studies looking at pecans have suggested that they have the ability to lower cholesterol, similar to other nuts such as walnuts and pistachios. These studies involved individuals with normal or high cholesterol levels following either a controlled diet or no specific diet at all.

    Although the studies involving pecans are limited, they have suggested that pecans have the ability to lower total cholesterol levels by at least 5% and LDL cholesterol by up to 10%.

    I actually had this happen to me after I read the article making these claims.  I ate a hand full of fresh pecans daily for about 4 months before a doctors check up and my overall cholesterol went from 210 to 185.

  • U.S. Pecans

    dry-roasted-pecansThe pecan industry in the United States may not receive the same focus as almonds, pistachios or other nuts, but our country has a proud tradition as a cultivator of this fine tree nut. Throughout Texas and southern regions of America, pecan production is incredibly strong. As some recent industry reports indicate, growers may be able to encourage new market opportunities domestically if pecans can be branded better to new consumers.

    This article published by redOrbit discusses the findings of a report published by researchers at New Mexico State University, which explored the demographics of those consuming American-grown pecans. The survey found that domestic taste for pecans has stagnated over the past 35 years, even though growers in this country have found an increasing number of foreign markets for their goods.

    However, there are ways for the pecan industry to attract new consumers in the United States. Although the survey found that taste was the most important factor in tree nut purchasing decisions, nutritional and health impacts were another major consideration among those surveyed. The authors believe that marketing the antioxidant properties of pecans, along with any other dietary impacts it may provide, should lead plenty in new markets to consider giving this tasty nut a try.

    One-fifth of those surveyed for this study reported that they made no conscious effort whatsoever to purchase or even consume tree nuts like pecans. If these individuals could be given a reason to try pecans, they may find it enough to their liking that they’ll consider adding it to their diet. Most regular consumers of pecans are located in the south, where more of these tree nuts are grown, but northern Americans may enjoy them just as well once they learn a few uses for pecans.

    The gourmet pecan products available through The Davis Mountain Nut Company will show you the best in pecan cuisine possible. Whether glazed, dry roasted, fresh or otherwise, our pecan products will tantalize your tastebuds every time you try them.

  • Summer of Pecans

    three-pecansWe are in the throes of summer and that can mean only one thing: we are doing healthier things, like being outside and taking walks, experiencing sunlight and getting that blood flow going again. While this is a positive thing, summer still makes us uneasy for the simple fact that many of us aren’t healthy and we know it.

    With that said, we feel summer’s the best time to remind the world how healthy pecans are. Just eating a handful a day provides your body a boost that’ll propel you through these warm days.  Pecans are vitamin superstores, providing your body with more than 19 vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A and B. High in fiber and healthy unsaturated fat, pecans can lower cholesterol, not to mention make you feel and look younger. This is due to those exciting age defying antioxidants.

    So, to summarize – pecans give us vitamins, provide us with a boost and is a time machine that takes us back to younger, fresher bodies. Do you need any more convincing? Start eating pecans! Put pecans in your yogurt, your soup – make pecan pie, or just eat a handful of gourmet pecans from The Davis Mountain Nut Company!

  • Pecans as Gifts

    Pecans are one of America’s favorite nuts. Used ubiquitously in the South, the pecan is delicious cooked in food or as a snack. And with wedding season and summer just around the corner, here are a few pecan ideas that make amazing gifts!

    18196914_S[1]Pecans are so tasty, that they are often eaten just raw and plain. So your intended might be delighted with a simple box of raw pecans, beautifully wrapped, with a personal card. Also simple salted pecans are a favorite.

    Flavored pecans are also all the rage. Chocolate covered, they are  wonderful and healthy things to snack on while watching TV, or reading a book. The recipient will just adore these confections during some well-deserved unwinding. Pecans can also be roasted and uniquely flavored. For your cinnamon-loving  friends, roasted pecans can be coated in a sugar/cinnamon coating. If your intended likes spice, roasted pecans are rolled in layers of flavor as exotic as wasabi or more common like cayenne or chili peppers for a little zing.

    Then of course, there are the pecan-ed foods, like pecan pie – a staple of the South – , muffins dotted with pecans , and vegetable platters with roasted pecan bits. Try baking chicken encrusted with pecan pieces. It is a delicious, healthy, and unusual way to use this famous nut.

    Whether they are raw, salted, candied, spiced, or used in cooking something very special for that special occasion, you can be sure they will be a treat not soon forgotten. Pecans are a delicious and healthy way to show how much you care.

  • Tasty Pecan Salads


    Looking for a tasty idea for a meal? There are several salads that involve yummy pecans that leave your taste buds wanting more.

    Cranberry Pecan Salad

    Our first tasty salad is the Cranberry Pecan Salad. The mix of the sweet cranberries with the onions and feta cheese easily keeps your tongue occupied:

    1. Preheat oven to 400°. Spread pecans evenly on a baking sheet. Toast for eight to ten minutes, or until lightly browned.
    2. In a small bowl, stir together the vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper; mix until sugar and salt dissolve. Whisk in olive oil.
    3. In a bowl, toss together the greens, cranberries, pecans, onions, and cheese. Drizzle with vinaigrette, and toss gently to coat.

    Apple, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad

    For those who don’t like cranberries, another tasty alternative is the apple, pecan and blue cheese salad. This particular recipe also includes dried cherries and maple syrup, so it is a very sweet and light salad, perfect for those with a craving for sweets.

    1. Add the greens, cherries, pecans, cheese and apples into a large salad bowl.
    2. Mix the olive oil, Dijon, maple syrup and vinegar in a small jar and sprinkle with and salt and pepper. Put the lid on the jar and shake well to mix.
    3. Pour a little of the salad dressing over the top of the salad and toss to combine. Taste the salad and add more dressing to taste.

    Mixed Green Salad with Pecans, Goat Cheese, and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

    This is a great recipe to use some baby spinach leaves in your lettuce, which is an excellent source of iron among other nutrients. That, along with the garlic and peppers makes this a salad packed with wholesome goodness.

    1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Place pecans in a bowl, pour melted butter over them, sprinkle with sugar, and gently toss until the pecans are coated with a dusting of sugar. Place them in a single layer on a parchment paper or lined cookie sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Let cool to touch.
    2. Whisk together the honey mustard, garlic, red pepper flakes, and balsamic vinegar in a medium sized bowl. Slowly drizzle the oil into the mixture, whisking constantly until completely incorporated. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
    3. Place lettuces and baby spinach in a large bowl. Add the goat cheese, dried cranberries, red bell pepper, and pecans. Toss with 1/4 cup of the dressing.
    4. Serve immediately. Chill remaining dressing.

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