Easter might fall on April Fool’s Day this year, but it’s no joke that April is National Pecan Month!
Here in Florence, the South Carolina Pecan Trail is celebrating the month by highlighting 22 local restaurants that feature these delicious nuts in savory and sweet dishes ranging from pecan-encrusted grouper, to white Russian pecan pie, to pecan pie martinis. Yum!
In honor of National Pecan Month, all 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 Julia Belle’s White Russian Pecan Pie, Victors’ Pecan Pie Martini, and Local Motive Brewing’s Pecan Pesto, to name a few.
Along this culinary trail, customers can collect stamps from each restaurant on newly revamped passports that are available at the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and participating restaurants. Patrons fill up the passport with stamps, then stop in at the Florence CVB to get SC Pecan Trail swag. A fully stamped passport gets pecan explorers a T-shirt, drawstring bag, and a nutcracker. Eight stamps earn a drawstring bag and nutcracker. Four stamps, it’s the awesome nutcracker.
“A growing number of travelers plan vacations around culinary trips, and with the pecan being part of our heritage, the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau developed the SC Pecan Trail to highlight locally owned restaurants that showcase that segment of our culinary culture,” said Holly Beaumier, Executive Director of the Florence CVB.
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.
Click here to learn more about the SC Pecan Trail and to see a full list of participating restaurants. Also, be sure to follow the SC Pecan Trail on Facebook and Pinterest for Trail updates and tasty recipes.