April 14: National Pecan Day

pecans, image credit Georgia Pecan CommissionHappy National Pecan Day! Pecans are probably my favorite nut, but that’s not very surprising since I grew up around them, even picking them some years near my grandmother’s house. I like to bake them in all sorts of rich, chocolate-y desserts, although occasionally I do enjoy them broken up in a fresh salad. And you simply can’t celebrate Thanksgiving without a nice, gooey pecan pie!

sticky buns, image credit Georgia Pecan CommissionThis page from the National Pecan Shellers Association links to several different pecan recipes. You’ve got to let me know if you try one out. I’m quite curious about some of them. How do you eat pecans?

pecan tree, Everman Park, Abilene, TexasI’m afraid I can’t find any good reason for holding National Pecan Day on April 14 (other than the fact that pecans are tasty and good for you, of course!). Pecans usually ripen around October, but April is Pecan Month and April 14 is National Pecan Day. Figure that one out!

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter
and your lips with shouts of joy.”

Job 8:21

 

While you’re eating your pecans today, pause for a moment of laughter, internationally, of course. April 14 is also International Moment of Laughter Day!

 

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