Georgia: Nuts for Pecans Img

The term pecan was coined by the Algonquin from the word “pacane”, which means a nut that needs to be cracked with a stone in the Algonquin language. Commercial pecan cultivation started in the 1840’s and grew through the 1880’s. By the 1950’s, Georgia had become the country’s leading producer of pecans and remains the largest pecan-producing state in the nation to date. Capri meets Charles and Shirley Sherrod, civil rights activists and founders of the New Communities Agricultural Co-Op who explain the important role of African-American farmers to the pecan industry in Georgia. Capri helps harvest pecans and tastes them right from the source and also tries a unique twist on pecan pie.

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