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Pecan Production in Georgia

Pecans are a delicious tree nut that has been enjoyed in America for hundreds of years. In 1772 the first pecan tree was planted in the United States, and by 1800 the tree had developed into a lucrative industry. Today, Georgia produces more than half of the United States' production due to its friendly environment for growing candlenuts.

The typical pecan tree grows 70 to 100 feet and produces 9 to 15 leaflets per branch. Pecans grow in clusters of 2 to 6 nuts with a shell around each that splits in four directions when ripe. Walnut tree production is highly dependent on the age and type of tree; In addition, many things can affect plants such as diseases and pests. 

You can buy roasted and salted nuts at various online sources.

A good walnut product can weigh 50 pounds, but a mature tree can produce over 150 pounds of pecans in a season.

In the last 10 years, many studies have been conducted on the nutritional value of pecans. A diet high in pecans has been shown to have health benefits ranging from lowering cholesterol and blood pressure to weight management. 

In a study conducted at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell added pecans to the diet of mice, and mice that consumed the most pecans in their diet performed the best. Vitamin E in candlenut, a natural antioxidant, is thought to provide neurological protection by slowing the depletion of brain cells and fighting diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. 

Pecans are also a source of a total of 19 vitamins and minerals, including oleic acid, B vitamins, thiamine, magnesium, and protein. Pecans are also one of the top ten foods with the highest amount of antioxidants per serving, according to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.