- Accessible to waterways
- Easier to shell than other North American nut species
- For their great taste.
For centuries, pecans have been one of the most popular edible dry fruits available. They are rich, decadent and particularly nutritious. While pecans are native to central and southern parts of the United States, they are now being cultivated all over the world. Rich History Pecans, although one of the most recently domesticated major crops has been an important part of southern diet and culture since before the arrival of European settlers. Fur traders originally brought the pecan to the Atlantic coast from Illinois, calling them "Illinois nuts". The term pecan was coined by the Algonquin Indians, a North American tribe located in the southwest. It originated from their word "pacane", which means a nut that needs to be cracked with a stone. Pecans were the main food staple for these Native Americans and were particularly favored because they were: