Pecans


Pecans



Pecans - only native American tree nut - have been a tasty favorite for centuries. Pecans have a rich history that goes back hundreds of years, but recent history is redefining how people think about those delicious tree nuts. Research conducted over the past decade has confirmed that pecans can be a healthy addition to your diet. Below are summaries of landmark research studies confirming the health benefits associated with eating a diet rich in pecans.

Natural Antioxidants in Pecans


New research, published in the August 2006 issue of Nutrition Research, shows that adding just a handful of pecans to your diet each day may help inhibit unwanted oxidation of blood lipids, thus helping prevent coronary heart disease. The researchers suggest that this positive effect was in part due to the pecans’ significant content of vitamin E – a natural antioxidant. Pecans contain different forms of vitamin E, which protects blood lipids from oxidation. Oxidation of lipids in the body - a process akin to rusting – is detrimental to health. When the "bad" (LDL) cholesterol becomes oxidized, it is more likely to build up and result in clogged arteries. 

In the laboratory analysis of blood samples from the research subjects, Dr. Haddad's team found that the diets enriched with pecans significantly reduced lipid oxidation (by 7.4 percent) versus the Step I diet. Oxidation levels were evaluated using the TBARS test, which measures oxidation products. The researchers also found that blood levels of tocopherols were higher after participants were on the pecan diet. Cholesterol-adjusted plasma gamma-tocopherol in the study participants' blood samples increased by 10.1 percent (P < .001) after eating the healthy pecan diet. The researchers concluded that these data provide some evidence for potential protective effects of pecan consumption in healthy individuals. 

In addition, landmark research published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry (June 2004) found that pecans rank highest among all nuts and are among the top category of foods to contain the highest antioxidant capacity, meaning pecans may decrease the risk of cancer, coronary heart disease, and neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s. 

Using a method that has proven to be a good indicator of the total antioxidant capacity (TAC) of foods called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity), researchers measured the antioxidant capacity of nuts among 100 commonly consumed healthy foods and snacks, including different types of nuts, and determined pecans have more antioxidant capacity than walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios, almonds, peanuts and cashews. Numerous other studies have also shown that phytochemicals, like those found in pecans, act like natural antioxidants and may have a protective effect against certain diseases, such as various cancers and coronary heart disease. 

Cholesterol-Lowering Pecans


Pecans also play a role in lowering cholesterol. Clinical research published in the Journal of Nutrition (September 2001) compared the Step I diet (28 percent fat), recommended by the American Heart Association for individuals with high cholesterol levels, to a pecan-enriched (40 percent fat) diet. The results showed the pecan-enriched diet lowered total cholesterol by 11.3 percent and LDL “bad” cholesterol levels by 16.5 percent – twice that of the Step I diet, without any associated weight gain. Research conducted by Dr. Ronald Eitenmiller at the University of Georgia has also confirmed that pecans contain plant sterols, which are known for their cholesterol-lowering ability. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has acknowledged this and related research and approved the following qualified health claim: “Scientific evidence suggests, but does not prove, that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Weight Control and Pecans


A review of pecan and other nut research, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (September 2003), suggests that nuts like pecans may aid in weight loss and maintenance. The review cited studies indicating that nut consumption may increase metabolic rates and enhance satiety. When used in conjunction with a healthy low-fat diet, nuts also offer increased flavor, palatability and texture that can lead to greater dietary compliance, according to the review.
A one-ounce serving of pecans (approximately 20 halves) contains 196 calories, 20.4 grams total fat (1.8 saturated fat), 0 mg cholesterol, 0 grams sodium, 2.7 grams dietary fiber and over 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, calcium, potassium and zinc.

Pecans are also a good source of oleic acid, vitamin B1, thiamin, magnesium and protein.

Heart-Healthy Pecans


Nearly 60 percent of the fats in pecans are monounsaturated and another 30 percent are polyunsaturated, leaving very little saturated fat in pecans. The unsaturated fat in pecans is heart-healthy fat meeting the new Dietary Guidelines that recommend Americans keep intake between 20 and 35 percent of calories, with most fats coming from heart-healthy sources like fish, nuts and vegetable oils. In addition, pecans contain no trans fat.

Nutrient-Dense Pecans


Pecans contain more than 19 vitamins and minerals – including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. One ounce of pecans provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Pecans are also a natural, high-quality source of protein that contain very few carbohydrates and no cholesterol. Pecans are also naturally sodium-free, making them an excellent choice for those on a salt- or sodium-restricted diet.

(Source: National Pecan Shellers)


"The unique mix of unsaturated fats, plant sterols, fiber and flavonoids all add up to make pecans a superfood for your heart."

- American Pecan Council


Pecan Suppliers


Let Georgia provide the very best pecans and pecan products for you! Georgia growers can ship products to meet any need in the food service or retail industry. Suppliers can also cater to specialty needs such as kosher and organic. We want to help bring the best pecans to your consumers!
E - Export • R - Retail • I - In-Shell • M - Meats/Kernels • O - Organic • K - Kosher • F - Fundraising

Carter Pecan (ARNCO Inc.) (E, I, M, O)
Contact: Jonathan Arn
248 West Doublegate Dr
Albany, Georgia 31721
334-268-8998
Cell: 334-799-0215 
jonathan@carterpecan.com
sally@carterpecan.com 
www.carterpecan.com

Durden Pecan Company (E, R, I, M)
Contact: Kyle Durrence
2771 D.L. Durrance Road
Reidsville, Georgia 30453
912-557-6115
Cell: 912-685-5534 
ganutfarm@gmail.com 
pecankyle@gmail.com 
www.durdenpecan.com

Easterlin Pecan Co. Inc. (E, I)
Contact: J.B. Easterlin, Billy Easterlin or Will Easterlin
P.O. Box 216
Montezuma, Georgia 31063
478-472-7731
Fax: 478-472-8690 
sales@easterlinpecan.com
www.easterlinpecan.com

Ellis Bros. Pecans, Inc. (E, R, I, M, K, F)
Contact: Keith Ellis or Brad Ellis
1315 Tippettville Rd., Exit 109, I-75
Vienna, Georgia 31092
229-268-9041
Fax: 229-268-7427
Toll Free: 800-635-0616 
keith@werenuts.com
brad@werenuts.com 
www.werenuts.com

Ganas Pecan Farm, LLC (R, I)
Contact: Ben Hart or Garrett Ganas
1638 Plant Ave
Waycross, GA 31503
912-285-2589
ganaspecanfarm@gmail.com

Global Commodities Exchange (E, I, M, O)
Contact: Matthew Bailey
1-229-881-0487
Fax: 1-229-471-4696 
mbailey@globalcommoditiesexchange.org
www.globalcommoditiesexchange.org

Golden Peanut & Tree Nuts (E, R, I, M, K, F)
Contact: Colton Farrow or Tony Howling
P.O. Box 508 
275 Industrial Blvd.
Camilla, Georgia 31730
229-336-0930
Fax: 229-336-1177 
Colton.Farrow@goldenpeanut.com 
Tony.Howling@goldenpeanut.com 
www.goldenpeanut.com

Hudson Pecan Co. (E, R, I, M, K)
Contact: Randy Hudson, Scott Hudson or Phil Croft
P.O. Box 527
Vo-tech Drive
Ocilla, Georgia 31774
229-468-9473
sally@hudsonpecan.com
randy@hudsonpecan.com 
scott@hudsonpecan.com 
www.hudsonpecan.com

J.W. Renfroe Pecan Co. (E, I)
Contact: Geoff Hamil
P.O. Box 721
Nashville, Georgia 31639
229-686-2764
Cell: 850-566-9169
ghpecan@cs.com

Lamar Pecan Co. (E, R, I, M )
Contact: R.G. Lamar
140 Anderson Road
Hawkinsville, Georgia 31036 
478-783-3182
Cell: 478-230-8065
Fax: 478-892-2774
rg@lamarpecan.com
www.lamarpecan.com
www.frontporchpecans.com

Lane Southern Orchards (E, R, I, M, F)
Contact: Duke Lane III
P.O. Box 716
50 Lane Rd.
Fort Valley, Georgia 31030
478-825-4224
Fax: 478-825-0015
duke@genuinega.com
www.lanesouthernorchards.com

Mascot Pecans (R, M, K, F)
Contact: Kenny Tarver or Ruth Tracy
P.O. Box 760
Hwy 3015
Glennville, Georgia 30427
912-654-2195
Toll Free: 800-841-3985
Fax: 912-654-2618
Cell: 706-825-0748
Kenny@mascotpecan.com
ruthtracyingredients@gmail.com 
www.mascotpecan.com

Merritt Pecan (E, R, I, M, K, F)
Contact: Richard Merritt
P.O. Box 39
Highway 520
Weston, Georgia 31832
229-828-6610
Fax: 229-828-2061
Toll Free: 1-800-762-9152
rmerritt@windstream.net
www.merritt-pecan.com

Nut Tree Pecan Co. (E, I, K)
Contact: Putt Wetherbee
P.O. Box 3650
Albany, Georgia 31706
904-994-5991
putt@nuttreepecan.com

PecanUSA, Inc. (E, I)
Contact: RongRong or Dan Karski 1000 Peachtree Industrial Blvd., Ste. 6-152
Suwanee, Georgia 30024
RongRong 678-677-2800
Dan 678-249-7881
pecanusa@gmail.com

National Pecan Co. (E, R, I, M, K)
Contact: Steve Zaffarano
115 Griffin Houston Rd.
Poulan, Georgia 31781 
209-481-0041
szaffarano@nationalpecan.com

Schermer Pecans (E, R, M, K, F)
Contact: J.W. Christiansen or Putt Wetherbee
P.O. Box 3650
Albany, Georgia 31706
229-343-4035
229-432-2135
jw@nuttreepecan.com
putt@schermerpecans.com
www.pecantreats.com

Shamrock Ranch, LLC (E, R, I, F)
Contact: Trey Pippin
P. O. Box 3330
Albany, Georgia 31706
229-436-8898
treypippin@gmail.com

South Georgia Pecan Co. (E, R, I, M, K, F)
Contact: Jeff Worn
P.O. Box 5366
309 South Lee St.
Valdosta, Georgia 31603
229-244-1321
Fax: 229-242-6361
Toll Free: 800-627-6630
jeffworn@georgiapecan.com
www.georgiapecan.com

Southern Pecan Products (R, I, M)
Contact: Danny Levie
P.O. Box 152
Montezuma, Georgia 31063
478-232-1610
info@southernpecanproducts.com
www.southernpecanproducts.com

Stone Mountain Pecan Co., Inc. (E, R, M, K, F)
Contact: Robby Coker or Chris Coker
1781 Hwy. 78 NW
Monroe, Georgia 30655
770-207-6486
Fax: 770-207-4403
robby@stonemountainpecan.com
www.stonemountainpecan.com

Sunnyland Farms, Inc. (R, I, M, K, F)
Contact: Larry Willson
P.O. Box 3730
Albany, Georgia 31706
229-436-5654
www.sunnylandfarms.com

W.G. Hamil, LLC (E, R, I)
Contact: Greg Hamil or Michael Hamil
P.O. Box 5947
Thomasville, Georgia 31758
229-228-9169
Fax: 229-228-0022
michael@wghamil.com
www.wghamil.com

 

Pecan Nurseries


Georgia Pecan Nurseries

Clough Pecan Nursery
3417 Hwy. 84 West
Blackshear, GA 31516
912-449-4585
912-288-4895 or 1947
Contact: Andy or Chris Clough

Georgia Pecan Trees Nursery
2207 Northwood Circle
Valdosta, Ga 31602
229-460-2952
trees@georgiapecantrees.com
georgiapecantrees.com
Contact: David Bentley
*Accepting Orders for 2018!

Law Pecan Nursery
88 Chula-Whiddon Mill Road
Chula, GA 31733
229-382-9527
229-392-4362
lawpecancompany@gmail.com
Contact: Kirk Law

Nut Tree Inc. - Nursery Division
P.O Box 3650
Albany. GA 31721
2210 Westtown Rd.
Albany, GA 31701
229-432-2636 (ext 1 or 2)
putt@nuttreepecan.com
www.nuttreepecan.com
*Accepting Orders for 2019!

Shiloh Pecan Farms
P. O. Box 306
Ray City, GA 31645
229-455-4758
229-300-3400
Contact: Buck Paulk

Browndale Pecan Farms
Hawkinsville, GA
478-225-8433
Contact: Andy Smith

Apollo Pecan Nursery
Preston, Georgia
941-266-6691
Contact: Tim Brown
tbrown@apollopecannursery.com
apollopecannursery.com
*Accepting Orders for 2018!

Stone Pecan Nursery
206 Skyline Drive
Thomasville, GA 31757
229-403-4380
229-226-9228

B & J Squared Tree Farm LLC
117 Daylily Rd.
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
229-457-0511
229-4547-4090

 
 
 

Florida Pecan Nurseries

Orange Heights
Pecan Nursery
17520 NE State Route 26
Hawthorne, FL 32640
352-468-1573

Simpson Nurseries
P. O. Box 160
52 Nacoosa Rd
Monticello, FL 32344
850-997-2516
800-874-3571
simpsonnurseries.com

Southern Tree Source
98 Fox Hollow Rd
Monticello, FL 32344
850-519-2157
southerntreesource@gmail.com
southerntreesource.com
Contact: Buster Corley

 

Alabama Pecan Nurseries

Alabama Pecan Nursery
163 Main Street
Franklin, AL 36444
910-520-6518
oakleyb@oak-bark.com
Contact: Bill Oakley

Underwood Pecan Nursery
18446 Davis Road
Summerdale, AL 36580
251-942-8056
251-943-7009

 
 

North Carolina Pecan Nurseries

Woodard Farm & Pecan Nursery
5194 U.S. Hwy 70 East
Princeton, NC 27569
919-965-3561
919-915-3561
woodardsfarmandnursery.com

 
 
 

Texas Pecan Nurseries

Womack’s Nursery
2561 State Hwy 6
DeLeon, TX 76444
254-893-6497
pecan@womacknursery.com
womacknursery.com

Pecan Grove Farms and Nursery
484 Berdoll Lane
Cedar Creek, TX 78612
rubi@pecangrovefarms.com
travis@pecangrovefarms.com
512-308-8128
pecangrovefarms.com

 
 

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