Southerners love pecans, not least because Georgia is the nation's biggest producer of this wonderful nut.
Of course it is well established that no one can agree on the best way to pronounce its name, so it is better to simply agree on how incredible they taste. And, being the necessary ingredients for what is without argument the best pie at Thanksgiving—sorry, sweet potato or pumpkin—should also be applauded. These are incredible on their own in a classic Pecan Pie, and just as good as part of a dynamic duo in a Pumpkin-Pecan Pie.
This super, crunchy nut is simply a Southern favorite. If you want to kick your desserts up a notch, try making a dessert in a cast-iron skillet: the result is our Utterly Deadly Southern Pecan Pie, and you'll have the baking dish and the serving dish all in one. If you prefer a bite-size delight, bake a batch of Salted Caramel-Pecan Bars, or try some mini Pecan Tassies. It's probably best that you don't plant pecan trees in your yard, so leave the growing and harvesting to professionals. Just buy them whenever you can, and enjoy the incredible flavor of the South's favorite nut.