Pecan (Caryaillinoinensis) is a species of hickory native to northern Mexico and the southern United States. The seed is an edible nut used as a snack and in various recipes, such as praline candy and pecan pie. Pecans first came on the food scene in Native American history around the year 1500, its name originating from the Algonquins meaning “a nut that requires a stone to crack.” Pecan wood is used in making furniture and wood flooring, as well as a flavoring fuel for smoking meats.

Some of the nutrients found in large amounts in pecans are manganese, copper and zinc, which play an important role in reducing inflammation, brain health and even the symptoms of PMS. 

Healthy heart

Pecan is rich in thiamine which helps to improve heart function. Incorporating pecans in the diet can significantly improve insulin sensitivity.  The monounsaturated fat pecans have can significantly reduce blood pressure, as well as decrease overall cardiac-related disease.


Type:  Nut

Element: Earth

Color: Brown

Taste: Sweet, Astringent

Natural Attributes: Oily, Heavy

Dosha impact: Kapha +, Pitta +, Vata –

Tissue impact (Vipak): Nourishing

Thermal impact (Virya): Heating

Digestive impact (Agni): Relatively easy to digest

Moves energy: Inwards, Downwards

Channels (Srotas): Blocks

Strength (Bala): Improves strength and immunity

Sturdiness (Ojas): +

Mind (Manas): Sattvic

Feces: Moves


Occasion: Autumn, Winter

Nutrient: Manganese, Copper, Thiamine

Chinese medicine syndromes: Kidney Yin and Yang Deficiency

Medicinal properties 

  • Nourishment (rasa): Weight gain, Nutritive
  • Blood-circulation-liver:Cardiotonic 
  • Vital essence and strength: Builds stamina

Harmful for:


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