SC Pecan Trail Adds Stops, New Passport as National Pecan Month Arrives
April is National Pecan Month, and another wonderful excuse to enjoy pecans (you don’t need one!).
So here in Florence, the South Carolina Pecan Trail is celebrating by updating the Trail’s passport and some recipe cards, while adding new restaurants to the Trail!
Joining the Pecan Trail, all from Lake City, are: A’bloom Florals & Events, Inc., Baker’s Sweets Bistro and Bakery, Coast Line Grill, DeAnna’s Bath & Body, Lisa’s at the Railway, Main Street Mercantile, Seven Boutique and Shade Tree Outfitters. For a full list of establishments now on the Pecan Trail, click here.
All of these restaurants are featured on the SC Pecan Trail’s newest passport! What is a passport and how does it work?
First, passports for restaurants on the SC Pecan Trail can be obtained at any participating location or the Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau. Then get your passport stamped when you make any purchase at participating locations. Stop by the Florence Convention & Visitors Bureau to present the stamped passport (or pop the passport in the mail), and you get SWEET memorabilia.
A fully stamped passport earns you a T-shirt, drawstring bag, mini pecan pie and nutcracker. Eight stamps will get you a drawstring bag and nutcracker. Four stamps, just a really awesome nutcracker.
The recipe cards highlight Pecan Trail restaurants that feature the delicious nuts in savory and sweet dishes. Select SC Pecan Trail restaurants are handing out complimentary recipe cards (while supplies last) to customers who in turn can make the dishes or drinks themselves at home. Recipes featured include Tubb’s Shrimp and Fish Co.’s Sweet Potato Cheesecake, Wholly Smokin’s Warm Goat Cheese Salad, Victors’ Pecan Pie Martini, and Top Hat Special Teas’ Pecan Scones, to name a few.
A new component this year is the recipe cards double as postcards, with the recipes on the front and the postcards on the back.
According to the National Pecan Shellers Association (NPSA), National Pecan Month was started in 2001 to recognize the nut, which is designated a heart-healthy food choice by the American Heart Association.
Fast, weird fact: Pecan trees can live to be over 200, maybe even 300 years old, so that means current trees could’ve shared the planet with George Washington, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Charles Dickens!