What's So Special About Missouri Organic Pecans?
Updated: Dec 4, 2019
Consumers are becoming more selective about the foods they purchase for their families. Increasingly, people are choosing to buy organically grown and processed foods in order to avoid the potential health hazards associated with the pesticides and chemicals used in commercial crop production. Missouri Organic Pecan Company supports this kind of consumer awareness, and we are proud to offer our Certified Organic pecans for healthy eating. They are native, sustainable, flavorful, and healthy.
Native to Missouri
At the northernmost region of American pecan production, Missouri pecan groves thrive in the rich soil of the river bottoms. For thousands of years, Missouri pecan trees have been making nutritious food without human assistance. Long before the advent of machinery in agricultural pursuits, hand-harvested pecans were a substantial part of the native american diet.
As an example, take a look at the photo above. Drew Kimmell, Owner of Missouri Organic Pecan Company, shows the camera the largest and oldest tree on his 80-acre organic pecan grove in Vernon County, Missouri. He estimates that this tree is 250 years old. That means that this tree started growing before George Washington was president.
“That’s something that’s really, to me, so cool about these natural, wild pecan groves... that tree made it through the Revolutionary War, all the wars we’ve had, WWI and WWII, the depression, the recession—everything—It just stands there and makes good food! It gives you a sense of serenity, to be out in this grove.”
Sustainability is an important issue in agriculture and food production. Kimmell doubts if there is anything in the U.S. that is as sustainable as the trees in Missouri pecan groves.
These native Missouri pecan trees are not hybrids, so in the grove each tree is its own variety. As such, the groves act more like a polyculture than a monoculture, with lots of varieties growing in balance with each other. This maintains grove sustainability, because if one tree is affected by a disease, most likely the others will not be hurt by it.
Flavorful and Nutritious
Missouri Organic pecans taste so good because they have a higher oil content than hybrid or grafted pecans grown in the more southern regions of the US. Some say they taste like they've already been buttered, and this is why consumers who want the best-tasting pecans seek out Missouri Organic pecans.
Not only do they taste fantastic, but they're good for you too. According to the American Heart Association, pecans play a role in reducing risk of heart disease because they have an abundance of heart-healthy unsaturated fats. A 1-ounce serving of pecans (about 25 halves) provides 12 grams of "good" monounsaturated fat, with zero cholesterol or sodium. In that same serving, you'll also get thiamin, zinc, copper and manganese (an essential mineral for metabolism and bone health). Pecans have the lowest amount of carbs at 4 grams per serving compared to other nuts. Also, they have the highest amount of dietary fiber at 3 grams per serving compared to other nuts.
Missouri Organic Pecan Company acquired organic handlers certification in 2019 and our growers maintain organic certification for their groves.
"The organic certification shows we are serious about offering a product that is not only healthy, but also protects the environment from unnecessary pollutants." - Drew Kimmell.
Looking for some pecan recipe ideas? Take a look at this Pecan-Crusted Prime Rib with Horseradish Cream Sauce or this Sweet Potato Casserole with Bourbon Pecan Crumble.