For most, it’s difficult to imagine Thanksgiving without a rich and buttery slice of pecan pie. Traced as far back as the sixteenth century, the pecan is the only tree nut that grows naturally in North America. A patriotic nut of sorts, the pecan tree was planted in the gardens of both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

Most similar to the walnut, pecans contain ample amounts vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, which help optimize cholesterol levels and protect the body from heart disease. Just one ounce of pecans contains about 55% of the recommended intake of manganese, a powerful antioxidant that strengthens the immune system, promotes brain health and protects nerve cells from free-radical damage.

While the sweet flavor of pecans is often associated with desserts such as pies, pralines, and cookies, pecans can be added to a wide variety of savory dishes as well, or simply enjoyed on their own for a heart-healthy snack.

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Recipes with Pecans

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Catherine Palmer, Pie Contest Winner

Rice Salad with Orange and Arugula

Jamie G. Dougherty, Food & Body Coach

Figs and Arugula with Creamy Goat Cheese and Toasted Pecans

Linda Carucci, author of Cooking School Secrets for Real World Cooks (Chronicle Books, 2005).

Asparagus with Brown Butter and Pecans

Daisy Martinez, author of Daisy: Morning, Noon and Night: Bringing Your Family Together with Everyday Latin Dishes (Atria, 2010).

Articles about Pecans

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The Great Tomato Debate

Heirloom, open-pollinated, hybrid, GMO. What’s the difference?

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Meet Marcy

CUESA is excited to welcome our new executive director, Marcy Coburn! Find out what inspires her work.

July 11, 2014

Farm Tripping

Summer is prime time for agritourism. Here’s our list of local U-picks, tours, and other farm fun.

July 09, 2014

A Fond Farewell from Critical Edge Knife Sharpening

Bob Kattenburg retires after 19 years as the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market’s knife sharpener.

July 04, 2014

On the Farm at Marin Roots

Take a behind-the-scenes look at organic veggie growing with the young farmers at Marin Roots Farm.


CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and its educational programs. Learn More »