Although known as a delicacy in colonial times, pecan crops were not grown commercially until 1880. The United States produces between 80%-95% of the world’s pecan crop, with GA being the leading producing state. The pecan capital of the US is Albany, GA, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees. There are over 1000 varieties of pecans.
- contain oleic acid, known to protect against breast cancer
- help increase the production of testosterone, which is important for a healthy sex drive
- men over 50 have been shown to have healthier prostates if they consumed pecans
- help lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels