A HARD NUT TO CRACK
Pecans are species of the American hickory nut,
and a major crop in Missouri.
As pecan nuts split open (in October),
they fall to the ground.
If the squirrels and deer don't beat you to it,
pecans are easily collected beneath the tree.
The outer husk is easily removed
revealing the hard inner pecan shell.
(Local indians used rocks to smash these nuts open.)
Delicious pecan "meats" are a good source
of protein, and rich in omega-6 fatty acids.
And fresh baked pecan pies are a delicious treat.
(And yes, I ate that first slice of pie.)