Originating in central and eastern North America and the river valleys of Mexico, pecans were widely used by pre-colonial residents, favored because they were accessible from waterways and easier to shell than other local nut species,adding flavour to an otherwise bland diet.
The history of pecans can be traced back to the 16th century. The only major tree nut that grows naturally in North America, the pecan is considered one of the most valuable North American species and the name is a Native American word of Algonquin origin roughly meaning “all nuts requiring a stone to crack.”
Because this wild nut was readily available, Native American tribes in the U.S. and Mexico used the pecan as a major food source during autumn.
Pecans were supposedly used to produce a fermented intoxicating drink called “Powcohicora” by Native Americans who first cultivated this tree.
One of the first known cultivated pecan tree …