Pecan kernels are nutritious and a good source of energy and vitamins. Defatted kernel powder is useful as a dietary supplement as it contains all the essential amino acids and significant amounts of minerals and natural antioxidants like phenolic acids and tocopherols. The oil is used in cooking and salads and has good keeping qualities. Pecan kernels are a good source of energy and provide about 2891 kJ 100 g−1.
The pecan (Carya illinoinensis) is a species of hickory native to the southern United States and northern Mexico in the region of the Mississippi River. The tree is cultivated for its seed in the southern United States, primarily in Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas, and in Mexico, which produces nearly half of the world total. The seed is an edible nut used as a snack and in various recipes, such as praline candy and pecan pie.
With their rich, buttery flavour and natural sweetness, they make a tasty and satisfying snack.
Raw pecans pack a 1-2-3 punch of proteins, healthy fats and fibers that can help keep you energized and satisfied. What’s more, they are even cholesterol-free, sodium-free and low in carbohydrates.
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