Binomial name

"Carya illinoinensis"


Pecan nutsNutritional value per 100 gramsRDA
Energy2990 kJ
725 kcal

Protein9.0 g
Carbohydrates12.0 g
o.w. sugars5.0 g
Fats71.0 g
o.w. saturated7.0 g
o.w. mono unsat.40.0 g
o.w. poly unsat.24.0 g
Dietary fiber3.0 g
Sodium1.0 mg
Calcium75.0 mg9.0%
Magnesium130.0 mg35.0%
Phosphorus300.0 mg43.0%
Iron2.5 mg18.0%
Zinc5.0 mg50.0%
Vitamin B10.8 mg73.0%
Vitamin B20.1 mg7.0%
Vitamin B31.5 mg9.0%
Vitamin E1.5 mg13.0%
Folic acid22.0 mcg11.0%
RDA = Recommended Daily Amount
Warning: Small children can choke on nuts.

Pecan nuts

The pecan nut grows mainly in the south of North America and is a distant relative of the walnut, as can be seen by the shape of the nut.

Historical name

Before the pecan nut acquired its current name, an entire history preceded it. Native American Indians ate the pecan nut in abundance in the sixteenth century. The tree just grew in the wild and they had no name for the nut. The Spaniards called it a “type of walnut”. Subsequently, the French turned it into “La Pacanière”. Eventually, the name pecan nut was created.


The harvest runs from November through December and January. Just like other nut species, the pecan tree also has a two-year cycle with a large harvest every other year.

Nutritional value

The pecan nut contains a high level of zinc and vitamin B1. A handful (25 g) contains at least 20% of the GDA of zinc. Zinc is important for the development of proteins and the renewing of tissue. A handful (25 g) of pecan nuts contains at least 18% of the GDA of vitamin B1. Vitamin B1, also referred to as thiamine, plays an important role in the energy provision in our body. It is used to release carbohydrates (sugars) from our food and plays a role in the functioning of our nervous system.

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