The majority of pecan production in Australia is centred in northern New South Wales and south-eastern Queensland. This type of nut is mostly sold domestically in its kernel form. However, there is a small export market for it as well.
These nuts are mostly grown in New South Wales. Moreover, the majority of the production occurs in the Gwydir Valley and in the northern inland of New South Wales.
Australia is considered to be a net exporter of this nuts. The majority of the exports are in the in-shell form. As of June 2019, Australia has managed to export 357 tonnes of in-shell nuts and 182 tonnes of kernel nuts. This roughly is around 66% and 34%, respectively.
These nuts contain monounsaturated fats such as oleic acid along with phenolic antioxidants which help reduce the risk of heart disease. According to the National Pecan Shellers Association, adding a handful of pecan nuts in your diet helps decrease LDL. These nuts protect the human body from cancer due to the anti-proliferative properties of ellagic acid which inhibit DNA binding of certain carcinogens such as nitrosamines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
The majority of exports were sent to China (64%). Moreover, the United States also received 13% of the total pecan exports.
Article by: Hari Yellina (Orchard Tech)