What am I?
Don't call me nuts! Ok, maybe you can. My wild trees are native to the USA. Most people would say I come in one shape, size, and flavor, but... think again! There are thousands of varieties of me.
Where I grow
I grow on trees in warm, sunny climates. My tree grows to be over 100 feet tall and can live for hundreds of years! I have male and female flowers on one tree! The small flowers that grow in the spring share pollen so I can grow.
After I'm picked
I grow in a green husk that protects me all summer. In the fall when it's time for harvest, the husk turns brown and peels back, revealing my mature nut. Farmers shake my tree where I fall to the ground. I lay there for 3-4 days to dry out. Some nuts are sent to the cracker where I'm brought to the store.
Did you guess... Pecan
Do you like pecans? Did you know you can light a pecan like a candle?
Watch the video to learn more about pecans!
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