Montagu Pecans are locally sourced. They are popular in baking, especially tipsy tarts and pecan nut pie. Being high in monounsaturated fatty acids, Pecans are known as a heart-friendly nut. They are high in copper and manganese, which help your bones and other tissues in the body grow.
Health benefits of PECAN NUTS
- Pecan nuts are high in dietary fibre. The soluble dietary fibre in the pecan nuts plays a role in glucose absorption and maintaining a healthy blood cholesterol level, while the insoluble dietary fibre helps to keep the gut healthy.
- Pecan nuts are high in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA’s). That’s the good fats that help you maintain normal blood cholesterol levels. You want these fats in your diet. J
- Pecan nuts are high in copper (20 – 30 g serving). Copper aids in the formation of bone. It also contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and nervous system.
- Pecan nuts are high in manganese (20 – 30 g serving). Manganese contributes to the normal formation of connective tissue. It is necessary for normal bone formation, the formation of cartilage and lubrication of joints. It also contributes to cell protection from free radical damage.
- Pecan nuts are virtually free of sodium. A high intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium, together with a low sodium intake, is associated with protection against bone demineralization, arterial hypertension, insulin resistance, and overall cardiovascular risk.
- Pecan nuts have a creamy consistency and sweet taste. They lend a buttery and rich flavour to savoury dishes.
- Pecans are wonderful additions to rich and creamy desserts like tarts, fudge, muffins and caramel puddings.
- Pecans can be eaten straight from the bag.
- Roasting the pecan nuts will bring out their aroma and crunchiness. To roast the pecans, preheat the oven to 190 degrees and bake for 5 minutes or until the nuts turn light brown in colour.
- Chopped pecans are sprinkled over desserts, cakes, yoghurt, sweets and sundaes. Ground pecan nuts are added to bread, cakes, cookies and other baked goods.
- Pecan can also be ground to make butter. Pecan butter is mostly used to spread over bread, toast and crackers.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pecans are one of the few native cultivated plants in the United States. Early explorers found them growing wild along the Mississippi River and its tributaries. Pecans made up a large portion of the diet of the local American Indians in productive years. Pecans were spread to other areas by the early travellers. They are now grown in all the southern states from California to Virginia and extending as far north as southern Illinois and Iowa and into Mexico to the south. There are occasional reports of pecans being grown outside these ranges. Montagu’s pecan nuts are locally sourced from South Africa.