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Common Name: TREE - PECAN NUT
Scientific Name: Carya illinoinensis

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  • Perennial
  • Pecan nut is a hardy tree up to 40m.
  • It bears inconspicuous, wind pollinated flowers.
  • Numerous tiny male flowers are borne in pendulous, three-branched catkins, while the slightly larger female flowers are aranged in small groups of up to ten in erect spikes.
  • When mature, the green, fleshy fruit split open to reveal a smooth, brown, thin-shelled, single-seeded nut inside.
  • Once established it is draught and cold tolerant.

Culinary Uses

  • The nuts are eaten raw or roasted and salted.
  • Popular as an ingredient of ice cream, confectionery, biscuits, cakes, breads and pecan pie.

Parts Used

  • The ripe seed - a bilobed brown nut.
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