Test your “Pecan IQ”

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We're nuts about pecans!

Answer the following ten questions to determine just how much you know about pecans. Find the answers below.

1. What is the “proper” Brunswick area pronunciation for pecan?
a) pee-can´
b) puh-con´
c) pee´-can
d) pic´-cun

2. Which is the healthiest oil?
a) olive oil
b) butter
c) pecan oil
d) corn oil

3. Pecans can help…
a) lower total blood cholesterol
b) combat heart disease
c) fight some cancers
d) all of the above

4. A five-pound bag of cracked pecans will yield approximately how many pounds of meats?
a) one and one-half pounds
b) two pounds
c) two and one-fourth to two and one-half pounds
d) three pounds

5. How long can pecans be frozen and refrozen without the loss of flavor or texture?
a) 6 months
b) 1 year
c) 2 years
d) 5 years

6. What is the average number of whole native pecans in a pound? (Note: of a good quality size)
a) 50 to 60 whole pecans
b) 70 to 80 whole pecans
c) 100 to 110 whole pecans
d) 120 to 130 whole pecans

7. How many years does it take a native pecan tree to begin bearing pecans?
a) 5 years
b) 10 years
c) 15 years
d) 20 years

8. What is the best way to improve and increase production of a stand of native pecan trees?
a) Plant the best native pecans (nuts), wait for them to sprout and then transplant the seedlings
b) Let squirrels, floodwater & birds do the work by burying nuts
c) Order the best varieties of pecan trees from a nursery and plant the seedlings
d) Thin the existing stand of native trees as needed, and graft the best trees

9. What is the best month for grafting native pecan trees?
a) January
b) March
c) May
d) June

10. What is the Pecan Capitol of Missouri?
a) Clifton Hill
b) Nevada
c) Brunswick
d) Salisbury

1. b) puh-con?- (askville.amazon.com)

2. c) pecan oil

Pecan oil is a healthier alternative than most oils and butters. It has only 9.5% saturated fat compared to olive oil with 13.5%, peanut oil with 17%, corn oil with 13.7% and butter with a whopping 66% saturated fat. The northern nuts, like those found in Brunswick, have a higher oil content giving them a sweeter flavor. Much of this oil is oleic acid, a good monounsaturated fat.

3. d) all of the above

Researchers from Loma Linda University in California and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico, have confirmed that when pecans are part of the daily diet, levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood drop. Pecans get their cholesterol-lowering ability from both the type of fat they contain and the presence of beta-sitosterol, a natural cholesterol-lowering compound. Eating 1 ½ ounces of pecans a day (27 to 30 pecan halves), when its part of a heart-healthy diet, can reduce the risk of heart disease. (www.durdenpecan.com)

4. c) two and one-fourth to two and one-half pounds.

1 cup of pecans equals about 3 and 1/2 ounces. There are approximately 4 and 1/2 cups of pecans per pound.

5. c) 2 years

6. b) 70-80 whole pecans

7. c) 15 years

It can be anywhere from 12 to 20 years depending on conditions & competition for nutrients, sunlight, ect.

8. d)

Grafting is the best method

9. c) May is the best month.

February is the best month for collecting samples of scion wood (the new growth a year old, which is dormant in February).

10. This was a “freebie.” c) Brunswick

Brunswick was designated as the “Pecan Capitol of Missouri” by a Missouri House resolution through the efforts of George and Elizabeth James.

For more information about Brunswick and native pecans, click here to read a great article found in the 2003 issue of the Missourian.