When is Pecan Day? This holiday is always observed on March 25
Ask anyone and they will tell you that today is a rather nutty day. That’s because today is Pecan Day, a March 25 holiday. The trees are the only nut tree native to North America. They are most common in the southern U.S. This is a very good reason to celebrate this day. However, the purpose of today is to commemorate March 25, 1775, the day George Washington planted a pecan tree at his Mount Vernon estate.
The roots of pecans run very deep. Native Americans harvested them as a source of food for perhaps a thousand years before the arrival of European settlers. During colonial times, the trees became popular with early European settlers, who foraged through the woods to find pecans. By the early 1770s, the trees were being grown in Long Island, New York farms. Around that time, Thomas Jefferson was also growing them on his plantation at Monticello. He had brought them up from the southern United States. In 1775, Thomas Jefferson gifted a pecan tree to George Washington, who planted it on his estate at Mount Vernon. From North America, pecan trees grew in popularity around the world. Today, these trees can be found growing on every continent except Antarctica.
If you don’t get enough of this popular nut today, don’t worry. Next month is National Pecan Day.
A Little Pecan Trivia
Pecans belong to the hickory family.
There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans.
Pecans aren’t technically nuts. From a technical standing they are, a fruit!
Mature trees produce nuts every other year.
Mature plants produce nuts for 50-60 years.
The trees live up to 300 years and grow up to 150 feet tall.
90% of the worldwide production comes from the United States.
How to Celebrate Pecan Day
- Crack open and eat a few pecan nuts.
- Have a slice of pecan pie.
- Make pecan pie yourself.
- Give a pie to a friend.
“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.” – – Redd Foxx
History and Origin of Pecan Day
The reason why we celebrate Pecan Day is clear. It celebrates the day George Washington planted a pecan tree at Mount Vernon. Unfortunately, our ongoing research has not yet identified the creator of this day.
This holiday appears to have been around since at least 2010.
We found no documentation in congressional records to confirm that this is truly a national day. Nor did we find a presidential proclamation.
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