Nuts are a staple of many Southern foods and, in many states, also a beloved and revered crop.
Georgia is famous for its pecans, and these wonderful delights make their way into any number of dishes, from fresh salads and savories to sweet-and-almost-sinful desserts. The South is also home to another incredible treat, and while not truly a nut, peanuts are one of our favorite treats. Consider all the other amazing nuts that make their way into recipes and onto your tables: Think of almonds, cashes, and chestnuts, or macadamias, pistachios, or chestnuts. However you devour them—fresh, roasted, toasted, or more—nuts are truly sensational.
We'll also leave questions of pronunciation behind, because whether you say 'peeh-kan' or 'puh-con' that great nut the pecan is simply sensational. That's why there are so many recipes for pecan pie, and why it is a regular on sideboards and holiday tables throughout the South. Peanuts, meanwhile, are content to appear in butters, brittles, and more. Think of walnuts as a trusty sidekick, ready to add texture and flavor to almost any dish.