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Pecans

Supplier(s): Green Valley (Arizona) and Hemisphere (New York)

Grown in: Arizona

Why We Love Them: 

Pecans are chock-full of monounsaturated fatty acids, a type of fat linked to improving total cholesterol levels. Another benefit to these tasty tree nuts: Pecans are filled with beta carotene and vitamin E, which protect cells from damage by mitigating the effects of chronic inflammation.

Pecans provide phytonutrients, plant-based compounds that have powerful antioxidant benefits. They're also a good source of the mineral zinc, crucial for immune-cell development and function.

Not only do they contain very little sugar, but pecans may also help improve blood sugar levels overall by slowing down the rate of absorption from the bloodstream into peripheral tissues. This helps maintain energy levels and prevent blood sugar spikes, which ultimately lead to major crashes later on!

Sustainability Factors: 

The three generations of the Walden family have maintained the Green Valley principles of a family farm, including sustainable farming practices, resource conservation and giving back to the community which has helped them flourish.

Unfortunately at our size we can't always order direct from Green Valley and have to supplement through a distributer in New York who sources from a few different pecan suppliers. The more layers, the harder it is to get good information about the grower and processor, but Hemisphere has been a good partner and we are working with them to learn more about there sourcing practices.

You can read more about pecans in our recent blog here.