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November Recognized As Georgia Pecan Month

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Nov. 1 marked the start of Georgia Pecan Month, as designated by Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal.

Since the early 1800s, Georgia has led the nation in producing this crunchy, buttery nut. November is the peak of harvest, which yields approximately 88 million pounds in an average season—enough to make 176 million pecan pies. Despite record rainfall this summer, the quality of this year’s crop is expected to be excellent, although yields may be slightly lower than average.

Research shows that eating a handful of pecans a day as part of a heart-healthy diet may reduce the risk of heart disease. The American Heart Association also has added Georgia Pecans to its list of certified heart-healthy foods, designated with the Heart-Check mark.

With the highest amount of antioxidants of any other tree nut Georgia Pecans have earned the title, The AntioxiNUT. Additionally, research shows that pecans may also reduce cholesterol levels, protect the body from cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, and assist in weight loss. Pecans also are an excellent source or protein, essential vitamins and fiber, and are naturally gluten free.

In the kitchen, Georgia Pecans are extremely versatile and serve as a go-to nut for use in everything from breakfast to main dishes to desserts. A host of recipes are available at GeorgiaPecans.org.

“We want people to recognize Georgia Pecans as a healthy snack and recipe ingredient,” said John Robison, chairman of the Georgia Pecan Commission. “While the harvest season lasts from October through December, Georgia Pecans can be enjoyed all year long.”

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