Chefs, culinary professionals, technologists, retailers and food processors are recognizing pecans’ great taste, versatility and numerous health benefits. Pecans, loved for centuries for their sweet crunch and undeniable flavor, are an ideal ingredient for many foods. Using pecans as an ingredient can create a unique taste, texture and flavor experience – but pecans also play an important nutritional role, and studies show that eating pecans may help reduce the risk of some diseases. Plus, demand for pecans is increasing year-round.
Pecans can be used effectively in a variety of processed food applications. To learn more about how to improve everything from appetizers and salads to entrées and desserts, take a look at our “Perfect Performance with Pecans” guide to using pecans in processed foods. For more information on what to look for when buying pecans and how to keep them fresh, check out “Tips for Buying, Using and Storing Pecans.”
To help consumers and the trade evaluate pecan quality, the National Pecan Shellers Association developed the document Voluntary Guidelines for Color & Size of Shelled Pecans (PDF)