”There was something undeniably delicious about pecan pie, and it lacked only one thing to be perfect, portability. Thus, with the wisdom of the pastry chef, came pecan cookies.” ~ Cookie Herald
Pecan Pie is easily the best of pies, this isn’t a point up for debate or even something that can be questioned. It’s quite simple, if you don’t think pecan pie is the best of all pies, you can go read about another day. Why are we talking about pecan pie on a page about Pecan Cookie Day? Because Pecan Cookies are pecan pie in portable form, and thus are the best of cookies. Right behind chocolate chip. I mean, we’re not heathens.
History of Pecan Cookie Day
Pecan Cookie Day recognizes the creation of the worlds most perfect cookie, and that there aren’t enough people who know about them. So it is that a holiday was established to ensure that awareness of these delicious treats, and to inspire their creation. Pecans were originally found in Mexico, and were quickly adopted and spread when American colonists first discovered them. They became something of a staple of the American South, becoming the foundation for that most important of pies, the pecan pie.
Along with being delicious to consume, they also happen to be incredibly good for you. They serve as a source of fiber, magnesium, and a healthy dose of protein, iron, and Vitamin B. So not only are they fantastically delicious, they also serve as an excellent addition to a healthy diet, and who can hate that? Pecan Cookie Day encourages you to create delicious (healthful?) cookies to share with friends and family.
- If the body does not get enough zinc, it may have difficulty producing testosterone – a key hormone in initiating sexual desire in both men and women. Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc.
- It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
- Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919. In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
- Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S. Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
- Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher. Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.