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Pecans have the distinction of being the only major species of nut tree known to be native to North America. (Our vast continent still produces about 95% of the world's pecans.) Known to have grown in the wild as early as the 16th century, they were both a trading commodity and part of the diet of Native American tribes along the eastern seaboard of what is now the United States. Pecan trees were first cultivated by American colonists in the mid-18th century, and within a few years, they featured prominently in the gardens of both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. An auspicious beginning, to be sure.
Flash forward to the early 21st century (that's now), and you only need to go as far as your neighborhood Trader Joe's to find Raw Pecan Pieces in abundance, shelled, cleaned, and ready to enjoy. These are rich, buttery-tasting nuts that are excellent for eating out of hand, just the right size to be included in baked goods and recipes like stir frys, and a delightful addition to Pumpkin Bread Baking Mix or Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix. Equally delightful? Our price of $3.99 for an eight ounce bag. You'll find Raw Pecan Pieces in our nut and dried fruit section.
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