Can’t tell walnuts from pecan nuts? You’re not alone! 

People easily mistake pecan nuts for walnuts and visa versa. They both look quite similar, but they are quite different in their shape, taste and health benefits.

The Look

As far as looks are concerned, walnuts are quite a bit larger and broader than pecan nuts. Walnuts are also a bit lighter in colour. People often say that walnuts look like “little brains”, and it’s no surprise that walnuts are known for their “brain-boosting” health properties.

The Taste

When it comes to the individual tastes of walnuts and pecan nuts, their flavours are quite different. Pecan nuts taste sweeter than walnuts, whilst walnuts have a slightly bitter taste. This is why walnuts are roasted before they are used in certain recipes.

Health Benefits of Walnuts and Pecan Nuts
  • In the health community, both walnuts and pecan nuts are considered to be heart friendly nuts. This means that eating these nuts on a regular basis will help support your heart health.
  • Pecans have higher levels of Vitamin E than walnuts do, whereas walnuts are higher in Omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Just one cup of walnuts contains 18 grams of protein, 765 calories and 8 grams of dietary fibre.
  • One cup of pecans contains 10 grams of protein, 753 calories and 10 grams of dietary fibre.

So, the next time you want to bake a pecan nut pie, avoid disaster and make sure you use pecan nuts and not the walnuts!