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Pecans can lend a burst of rich, sweet and buttery flavor to raw recipes… or even cooked dishes if that is your thing. Their big size and meaty texture make them the perfect nut for spiced nuts (great snack), and they’re delicious in green salads (great texture against the lettuce.)
Always look for plump pecans that are uniform in color and size. I know many people are in favor of purchasing nuts and seeds from bulk bins, but personally, I am not a fan. You have no idea how long they have been there. They might not be fresh or free of molds since they have been constantly exposed to air and fingers of the passing by taste-testers…. you know who you are. hehe
The fiber contained in pecans promotes colon health and facilitates regular bowel movements. It enables the colon to work at greater levels of efficiency by cleaning out the gastrointestinal system. When things are “running smoothly” it prevents constipation and hemorrhoids. I know, I am getting edgy here, I said the “H” word!
If you struggle with constipation, it can be brought on by endless possibilities. I am not here to say that pecans will rid you of this issue, but enjoying them can’t hurt anything, can it? I suppose if you have GI issues such as diverticulitis… and that my friends is a whole other mixed bag of nuts. I have done quite a bit of reading and the verdict is still out if nuts / seeds aggravate the situation. The bottom line is that decisions about diet should be made based on what works best for you.
Oven method: (no longer raw)
If you are unable to dry the nuts or seeds, it is best to only soak an amount that you can be sure will used within two or three days. As with any live food, mold tends to set in within days if you’re not careful. They will need to be stored in water, sealed tight and placed in the fridge . It is important to rinse them twice a day with fresh water.