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Scientific name – Carya illinoinensis
Pecans are sweeter and milder in taste than the walnut with a rich buttery flavour and can be eaten fresh or used in both sweet and savoury dishes. It is especially well known in the very sweet pecan pie but is also good eaten on its own. Pecans can be ground, grated, shredded, pureed, and diced. They can be added to a wide variety of dishes including soups, salads, appetisers, grain and le- gume dishes, and even desserts. In the south central America, the pecan was a staple of the indigenous people prior to the colonisation of the area by Europeans.