Summary Points

• Pecan is the most valuable nut tree native to North America.

• Pecan use by Native Americans goes back to archaeological evidence found in present-day Illinois, dating from 9000 years ago.

• Over 1000 different pecan varieties have been described.

• The United States and Mexico are the greatest producers of this nut.

• Pecan's high antioxidant capacity comes from the non-lipid portion.

• Defatted pecan kernels contain phenolic compounds; the main ones are gallic acid, catechin, epicatechin, ellagic acid, and ellagic acid derivatives.

• These individual phenolics are arranged in polymers as condensed and hydrolyzable tannins.

• Pecan nut shells contain mainly condensed tannins.

• These phenolic compounds have been proven to be beneficial against several cancers and inflammation, and to have antiviral and antihypertensive activity, among others.

• The identified allergen is a 2S albumin called Car i 1.

• Pecans can become toxic when they get moldy.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Health And Fitness 101

Health And Fitness 101

Self-improvement is a thing which you must practice throughout your life because once you started to believe that you are perfect then, things will start to become complex. You need to know that no one is perfect and no one can be perfect.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment