"Pecan" is from an Algonquian word, variously referring to pecans, walnuts, and hickory nuts. The seed is an edible nut used as a snack and in various recipes, such as praline candy and pecan pie.
A monoecious tree species, they contain both male and female flowers on a single individual. A pecan, like the fruit of all other members of the hickory genus, is not truly a nut but is technically a drupe, a fruit with a single stone or pit, surrounded by a husk. The husks are produced from the exocarp tissue of the flower, while the part known as the nut develops from the endocarp and contains the seed.
up to 40 meters tall
up to 250 years
The tree is cultivated primarily in the U.S. states of Georgia, New Mexico, and Texas, and in Mexico.
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