Volume 31 Number 1 Article 8 Pages: 16-21
Year 1977 Month 1
Title: The Origin and Development of Pecan Varieties
Author: G. Miller
The pecan tree is equalled by no
other native American nut-bearing
tree in all-round excellence.
is valued as an ornamental shade tree,
however, its real economic importance
is for nuts.
The pecan industry has
developed in the South and had an
average value in the years 1972-74 of
over 200 million dollars.
The earliest written description of
the pecan was made by DeSoto, in
1541. He included in his recordings
about the mighty "Mississippi" river
he had discovered, a description of
the "paccan" tree and its nuts.
1722, d'Iberville described pecan trees
in Natchez, Mississippi.
In 1772, William
Prince began to capitalize on the
outstanding qualities of the pecan tree
which DeSoto and d'Iberville had so
Prince planted thirty
pecans, and ten seedlings emer~ed.
He took eight seedlings to England
where he sold each for ten guineas or
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