Is it "PEA-can" or puh-CON?" American Pecans is launching The Super Safe Pecan Debate, and calling pecan fans from across the country to visit PecanDebate.com, to cast their vote for "PEA-can" or "puh-CON."
Pecans are a holiday staple used in both traditional recipes and snacks, and demand for the nut has continued to increase this year. As consumers embrace trends like cooking at home and healthy snacking, pecans sales have increased. From September 2019 through August 2020, U.S. pecan sales rose 17 percent compared to the previous year.
"2020 has given us a lot to discuss – and even more topics to avoid at this year's Thanksgiving table – but 'puh-CON' vs. 'PEA-can' is one debate you can safely bring up with family and friends. With voting top of mind, we knew it was the perfect time to re-ignite the age-old pecan pronunciation question," said Alex Ott, Executive Director of the American Pecan Council. "Even across the 15 pecan-growing states from California to the Carolinas, growers and shellers themselves say it differently. So we're asking America to help us settle it once and for all and encourage everyone to join in on this fun, light-hearted debate. But no matter how you say them, we can all agree that pecans belong on every Thanksgiving table."
Once participants vote, they can also enter for a chance to win one of 300 limited-edition pecan snacking blankets that feature the two pronunciations on opposite sides. Winners will also receive a snack pack of fresh pecans and recipes for delicious and nutritious holiday snacks.
Pecans on the Holiday Table
Pecans are a versatile nut that can be used throughout the season. Add a twist to holiday snacking favorites with Pecan Spinach Artichoke Dip, Pecan Stuffed Dates and Pecan Roasted Beet Dip with Sage or enjoy delicious grab-and-go options like Gingerbread Pecans, No-Bake Pumpkin Pecan Pie Bites or even a handful straight from the bag. Each one-ounce serving of pecans offers 3 grams each of plant-based protein and fiber and 12 grams of 'good' monounsaturated fat with just 2 grams of saturated fat. Find a variety of both sweet and savory recipes and inspiration at AmericanPecan.com.
To cast your pecan pronunciation vote and enter for a chance to win one of 300 pecan snacking blankets, visit PecanDebate.com from Tuesday, October 27 – Friday, November 6. You can also share your personal pecan perspective by using #pecandebate and tagging @AmericanPecan on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. The poll results will be announced before Thanksgiving, and the blanket winners with the accompanying snack pack will be notified after the giveaway has closed.