Pecans and Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Q: Now that Spring is here, I’d like to know what fruits and vegetables are in season that pair well with pecans?

A: The real question is, what doesn’t pair well with pecans? Just about all the nutritious fruits and vegetables in season for Spring, including asparagus, apricots, artichokes, green beans, honeydew melon, mango, pineapple, spinach, strawberries and Swiss chard all pair incredibly well with pecans, both for taste and nutrition. Sprinkling Georgia Pecans on top of salads, adding them chopped to side dishes, layering the tops of casseroles and adding them as a toasted topping for desserts created with these in-season fruits and vegetables will make them even more nutrient-rich, not to mention delicious. Including pecans as an integral part of your Spring menu adds vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins, zinc, high-quality protein and fiber, something most of us need more of.

The 2010 U.S. Dietary Guidelines encourage everyone to eat more plant foods to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Specifically, they recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Be sure to make Georgia Pecans a part of your produce-rich plate for even greater nutrition and health benefits.

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