It’s been a good year for the country’s leading pecan producing states and the fall harvest season is the time to get them, when they are fresh, plump and plentiful. (For record keepers, the top ten pecan producing states, in order of production, are Georgia, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Alabama, Louisiana, Oklahoma, California, South Carolina and Arkansas.) Indications are that pecan yields will be even better than last year, which translates into good prices for consumers who are just itching to enjoy the latest crop of tree-fresh pecans. Good-for-you pecans are high in antioxidants and contain 19 vitamins and minerals, including vitamin A, vitamin E, potassium and zinc. So healthy are pecans, in fact, that The American Heart Association (AHA) has added Georgia Pecans to its list of certified heart-healthy foods, and packages of Georgia Pecan halves and Georgia Pecan pieces will now display the Heart-Check mark signifying its heart-healthy status. To assist us in learning more about the many benefits of pecans, The Georgia Pecan Commission’s AntioxiNUT website, at www.AntioxiNUT.org, has been designed to help educate us by way of videos, health information and recipes, many with accompanying images. If you’re planning to stock up on this year’s newest crop of pecans, now would be the time to do it – at the start of Georgia Pecan Month, which begins on November 1.