Pecans were introduced to the East Coast (perhaps from Texas) by Thomas Jefferson, who moved a few trees from the Mississippi Valley to Mon-ticello, Virginia. He, in turn, gave a few trees to George Washington, who planted them at Mount Vernon. Three of those original trees are said to remain in existence.
I have a special fondness for butter pecan ice cream, and one of the finest recipes I have ever sampled is that of Patrick O’Connell, chef and co-owner of The Inn at Little Washington, a splendid establishment with elegant food in Washington, Virginia.
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