Pecans are a species of hickory native to North America. The name “Pecan” originates from an Algonquian word, which means “to crack” (with a stone). The edible nuts are rich and buttery-flavoured, often eaten out of hand or as an addition to sweet desserts. A famous, classic dessert made from pecan is the American pecan pie. Praline candies are also made primarily from pecan nuts.