They are Packed with Nutrients!
Around the world, people are seeking highly nutritious, great-tasting whole foods. Global demand continues to grow as people become aware of the nutritional powerhouse that is the pecan, along with superior benefits and its distinctive and delicious taste.
A handful of pecans (about 19 halves) is packed with fiber, zinc, important vitamins such as E, and other essential minerals that support strong bones and good digestion.
Pecans also contain superior levels of antioxidant flavonoids and natural plant sterols, known for their cholesterol-lowering abilities, more than any other tree nut.
Each one-ounce serving is lower in carbohydrates and higher in dietary fiber compared to other nuts and contains 12 grams of monounsaturated (good) fat.
Did You Know?
One serving of pecans (30g) provides about 25% more oleic acid than one tablespoon of olive oil.
One ounce of pecans provides 10% of the Recommended Daily Value (RDV) for fiber and is packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, and Pecans are a sodium and cholesterol free food.
Pecans have the highest antioxidant content of any tree nut and are the only nut to rank in the top 20 antioxidant-rich foods.
Handling and Storage
Storage at room temperature is not recommended because the pecan’s high oil content will begin to degrade.
Freeze in sealed plastic bags to avoid the pecans’ absorbing odors from other foods. Properly packaged and stored at freezing temperatures (0 degrees Celsius; 32 degrees Fahrenheit or below), both shelled and in-shelled pecans will both maintain their freshness for two years or more. Frozen in-shell pecans will remain edible for two additional years.
Refrigerate in sealed plastic bags to avoid absorbing odors from other foods. Refrigerated at a temperature of 40 degrees properly packaged shelled pecans will stay fresh for approximately six months. In-shell pecans will be fresh for 9-12 months. Proper storage of pecans preserves the quality and maintains the natural flavor and aroma of the nuts. Pecans should be stored in airtight containers, such as sealed plastic bags.