Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011
November is National Georgia Pecan Month and Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black wants to remind Georgians of this valuable state nut.
“Georgia is the nation’s leading pecan producing state,” Black said. “Albany and Dougherty counties are known as the ‘Pecan Capital of the World’ because of the high number of pecan trees in these areas.”
Pecans have been in the spotlight recently because of their antioxidant abilities; protecting the body from cancer, heart problems and other diseases. They are a good source of protein and are loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, including iron, calcium and the B vitamins. Rich in potassium and phosphorus, pecans also provide fiber. They have been found to help lower cholesterol and contain only a trace of sodium.
During the month of November and year-round, Black encourages consumers to incorporate more Georgia pecans into their diet: “Peak harvest for pecans started in September and continues through this month, but consumers can find Georgia pecans year-round. They are the all-season nut, great right now for the upcoming holidays as the perfect finishing touch on a variety of foods.”
The Georgia Pecan Commission unveiled its brand new AntioxiNUT campaign in September.
"The creation of the Georgia Pecan Commission AntioxiNUT Campaign includes an Advisory Board and new logo, which will increase the recognition of Georgia pecans as a healthy snack and recipe ingredient," notes Duke Lane, Jr., chairman of the Georgia Pecan Commission. "Additionally, our Advisory Board members will serve as ambassadors to share the important health benefits of Georgia Pecans to shoppers around the country.”
Georgia Department of Agriculture Nutrition Coordinator Melanie Hollingsworth has been named to the AntioxiNUT Advisory Board, serving on a panel of health and nutrition experts who will advise and assist with the education and promotion of the health benefits of pecans.
“I am honored to be a part of this initiative with the Georgia Pecan Commission. From a nutritional standpoint, the Georgia pecan is an amazing product; power-packed in protein and fiber, while remaining low in cholesterol and sodium,” Hollingsworth said. “Take the time to enjoy Georgia Grown pecans as a nutritionally healthy addition to your diet, because you never know, you might just be adding years to your life!”
Please visit www.agr.georgia.gov/georgia-grown-pecans-.aspx or www.antioxiNUT.org to find recipes, cooking tips, nutritional information and much more on the Georgia pecan.