August 20th is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day!
Here are today’s five thing to know about Pecan Pie
- A handful of Pecans provide nearly 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for zinc
- It would take 11,624 pecans, stacked end to end, to reach the top of the Empire State Building in New York City.
- Texas adopted the pecan tree as its state tree in 1919. In fact, Texas Governor James Hogg liked pecan trees so much that he asked if a pecan tree could be planted at his gravesite when he died.
- Albany, Georgia, which boasts more than 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the U.S. Albany hosts the annual National Pecan Festival, which includes a race, parade, pecan-cooking contest, the crowning of the National Pecan Queen and many other activities.
- Pecan trees usually range in height from 70 to 100 feet, but some trees grow as tall as 150 feet or higher. Native pecan trees – those over 150 years old – have trunks more than three feet in diameter.
Today’s Food History
- 1913 Stainless steel was cast for the first time in Sheffield, England. Harry Brearly of Thomas Firth & Sons discovered how to make ‘the steel that doesn’t rust’ by accident.
- 1948 Robert Plant of the music group ‘Led Zeppelin’ was born.
- 1955 ‘The Popcorn Song’ by Cliffie Stone hit number 14 on the charts.
- 1968 The largest sea bass caught with a fishing rod weighed over 563 pounds. It was caught off the coast of California.