Do pecans usually pop up on your holiday table? This year you might be paying more for the nuts, thanks to a bout of bad weather and the rising popularity of pecans in an unexpected place.A severe drought in pecan-growing states in the southern United States has affected the crop, particularly in Texas. This year the state will produce 30 million pounds less than it did in 2010, which partially explains why the price of pecans has jumped 22%, up to $11 per pound. (In 2009, pecans were just $7 per pound.)
The other factor behind the price jump is the increased demand for pecans in China. Apparently pecans are enjoying a new popularity among the Chinese, who now buy about a quarter of the U.S. crop.
Anjali is a former private chef who is currently pursuing a graduate degree in nutrition, with plans to become a registered dietitian. She lives in Los Angeles. You can read more of her health-focused writing at Eat Your Greens.
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