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Carya illinoinensis (Pecan)

Carya illinoinensis (Pecan)


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The Carya illinoinensis, commonly known as Pecan, is a species of hickory tree native to the southern United States and northern Mexico, particularly in the region of the Mississippi River. This large deciduous tree can reach impressive heights of 20–45m and spans 12–24m across, with a substantial trunk diameter of up to 2m. Its distinctive leaves are alternate, pinnate, and abundant, ranging from 30–45cm in length with 9–17 leaflets, each leaflet measuring 5–12 cm long and 2–6cm across.

Cultivated primarily in states like Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas, as well as in Mexico, the Pecan tree is cherished for its edible seeds, widely used in snacks and various delectable recipes including praline candy and the classic pecan pie. Not only is the Pecan a culinary delight, but it also holds symbolic significance, being designated as the state nut in several states like Alabama, Arkansas, California, and Texas, and even recognized as the state tree of Texas and Louisiana.

Embrace the rich heritage and culinary versatility of the Pecan tree, an iconic symbol deeply rooted in American and Mexican landscapes, offering not just a flavorful nut but also a majestic presence in the natural world.

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