In case you weren’t already aware, April is National Pecan Month, which automatically begs the question: how do you say “pecan”? Some people pronounce the name of this nut as pee-kan, while others say pi-kahn. I consulted several different dictionaries and they all verified that each of those pronunciations is acceptable. Personally, I like to combine the two to say pee-kahn. I didn’t find this listed anywhere as a correct pronunciation. Evidently, I’ve been saying it wrong.
Now that you know how to say pecan correctly (not like me!), and that we’re in the midst of National Pecan Month, it seems like a great time to explore this delicious nut. If you’d like to learn about the pecan’s uses, cultivation, life cycles, predators, diseases, and species development check out Pecans: The Story in a Nutshell by Jane Manaster. If you’re more interested in the commercialization of the pecan try The Pecan: A History of America’s Native Nut by James E. McWilliams. Or if you just want to cook with pecans, a pecan cookbook like Pecans: A Savor the South Cookbook or In Praise of Pecans: Recipes and Collections might be right for you.