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The Texas State Tree and why we love it

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Being native to roughly 150 counties in Texas, the pecan tree is the state tree of Texas.  Popular for both landscaping and as a source of nuts, the pecan tree is a terrific addition to any area. Most of the pecan questions that come through our office deal with tree or nut issues; however, I wanted to take a moment to focus on their health benefits. Pecans are packed with monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats which can help lower blood cholesterol when substituted for foods high in saturated fats.  In addition to good fats, pecans serve as an excellent source for many vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B, and E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc.  To top it off, the USDA ranks pecans as the most antioxidant-rich tree nut. Antioxidants are known for their age defying characteristics.  Looking for a way to increase pecans in your diet?  Everyone knows pecans are great in pies and pralines, but they are also tasty to eat with yogurt, fruits, or on salads.

If you are looking for recipes to change up your pecan routine, visit my blog for a few of my favorites, or swing by our office, 2217 Washington Street in downtown Greenville.

If you are interested in growing your own pecan trees (and not so much the nutritional benefits), Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offers a detailed publication filled with information and you may pick up a copy of this publication at the Hunt County Extension office, 2217 Washington Street, Greenville, Texas 75401.

PECAN ORDER INFORMATION.

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Speaking of pecans, it’s pecan order time!  All orders must be received by the Extension office by October 13th and orders will be available for pick up the week before Thanksgiving.  Halves and pieces are available in one, three, and five pounds.  For your convenience, we have multiple ways to order.  To order online visit this link.  You may email your order to hunt-tx@ag.tamu.edu.  Additionally, you may place your order by calling (903) 455-9885 or stopping by the Hunt County Extension office, 2217 Washington Street, Greenville, TX 75401.

As always, if you have questions, concerns, or just want to chat, please feel free to come by the Hunt County AgriLife Extension office, 2217 Washington Street, Greenville, Texas, 75401, call (903) 455-9885, or email Sarah.Latham@ag.tamu.edu.  Additional information may also be located by visiting my blog.

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