The pecan has always been one of my favorite trees, perhaps because the nuts are one of my favorite foods.
In some parts of the country, it’s pronounced “pee-con” but we say “pa-con.” However it’s said, the word pecan comes from an Indian word meaning, “a nut requiring a stone to crack.”
The state tree of Texas, they live and produce for 300 or more years. They’re large and tall, some reaching 100 or more feet with a circumference up to 10 feet.
The largest pecan tree recorded is near Weatherford. Ninety feet tall, it take four or five people with long arms to encircle the trunk.
Another large pecan tree is at Oran, across the creek from where Charles Goodnight’s mother and stepfather lived.
A tree of the United States and the south , the state of Georgia has the most trees, Texas next. Yearly, this country produces 80 to 95 % of the world’s pecans, 150 to 200 thousand tons from more than ten million trees.
Popular in this country since its beginning days, Thomas Jefferson planted pecans at his home, Monticello. He gave trees to George Washington who planted them at his Mount Vernon home.
Texas governor James Hogg in the early 1900s, asked that a pecan tree be planted at his grave instead of placing the traditional headstone. And that the nuts be distributed throughout the state to make it a Land of Trees. His wish was fulfilled.
Squirrels are also very fond of pecans..