In the latest Photos thread there was a link to this older thread which had to do with M&M battles to determine the stronger M. Since that is too old a thread to reply to, I thought I could start a new one with what I would have said there and add a few additional points for variety.
I spent my first 11 years in a moderate sized town in Alabama in a two-story rented house that had six or seven pecan trees on the lot. Every fall my brother and I would sit in the yard and eat pecans for literally hours. We had this contest sort of thing similar to the M&M battles in that old thread, where we’d use two pecans to crack one another, until we were too tired (or full – usually too tired since if you spent the time to crack, hull and remove the bitters, eating one pecan would take a minute or so and you’d use up a good portion of the consumed calories getting the next one ready to eat) then we’d have a battle with our two “champs.”
In better than half the cases, the “champ” would be rotten! I never could understand that.
Now, as to pecans:
How do you pronounce that word? For me and everyone I know, its Pee-KAHN, and not Pee-CAN or PEE-can or some other way of saying it.
Is there any better-tasting nut? I like cashews, filberts, pistachios, boiled peanuts, almonds and macadamias. I can tolerate Brazil nuts, walnuts, sunflower seeds, pine nuts, and most any other nut I can think of. But pecans are the main ones for me.
What dishes or foodstuffs are good only if they have pecans as opposed to some other nut? Pecan pie, GooGoo candy, pralines, apple-and-pecan salad, etc.
Do you have any wonderful pecan stories or tales?