A Brief Tale of the Classic Louisiana Pecan

The story of Classic Golden Pecans began centuries ago when the lower Red River, Mississippi River and Atchafalaya River naturally overflowed their banks and created the rich soils that formed the fertile Mississippi Delta. Even before the French Acadians were exiled from Nova Scotia ("Acadie") in the early 18th century, and chose South Louisiana as their new home, native American Indian tribes like the Attakapas, Caddos, Coushattas and Houmas had already roamed this vast basin and lower delta in search of resource materials, medicines, wild game, nuts and fruit. The hardwood forests of the upper elevations were graced with native pecan species that were cherished by these Native Americans as a treasured food supplement, expanding their diet as an important source of nutrition.

Pecan trees were spread throughout the South by a quite simple and natural process of distribution. It's no secret that plentiful Louisiana wildlife like the prevalent Louisiana squirrels and vivid Blue Jays have a natural compulsion to bury the fallen, matured pecans as their ready reserve for winter survival. Fortunately for these indigenous animal species and their human counterparts, often forgotten pecan nuts sprouted by the next growing season. This process guaranteed that the fruitful pecan tree would remain a dominant hardwood tree in the Southern states and a treasured food source to the delight of future roaming gatherers.

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But it was the industrious North American and European arrivals that finally tamed the random plantings and formed sprawling pecan groves throughout the state. The pecan tree was a favorite source of lumber sought for its durable hardwood qualities and beautiful wood grain appearance. Early American furniture and farm implements were often crafted from this select wood. But through pecan farming, the early Louisiana farmers were quick to select the most desired native species of pecans that the local population craved. These included large soft-shelled varieties with plump meaty halves, and the harder-shelled varieties, with oilier, highly flavorful narrow pecan halves. Whichever variety was cultivated, the products were quickly consumed by the Southern pecan lover and later exported to other states for processing.

Today, it's not unusual to find Classic Golden Pecans at social gatherings in every corner of our great nation, and through the marvels of the Internet, pecan lovers worldwide are finding this unique Louisiana product to impress and satisfy their families, friends and business associates.

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