(WVUE) - This is a great time to be in Louisiana, that is known for some great pecan sweet treats, because its National Pecan Day.
The Cane River Pecan company says the history of the pecan dates back to the 16th century. It says the name "pecan" is a Native American word from the Algonquin tribe that was used to describe "all nuts requiring a stone to crack."
Studies show the U.S. produces between 80-90% of the world's pecans. There are numerous varieties of pecans so it should come as no surprise it's used in many Louisiana dishes. The pecan is a big part of Louisiana's food culture ranging from pies, pralines, salads and even bacon.
The National Pecan Shellers Association and other health experts also point out the benefits. Just a handful of pecans daily can lower bad cholesterol and they are among the nuts with the highest levels of antioxidants.
So, grab some pecans or grab your fork to try one of the many tasty pecan desserts in honor of National Pecan Day,