The pecan tree, a fixture in Southern agriculture, cooking, landscape, and culture, had its beginnings in St. Marys. Captain Samuel F. Flood found pecan nuts floating at sea and brought them home to St. Marys in 1840. His wife and a neighbor planted the nuts, and they produced large, heavy mast-bearing trees. From these nuts, more trees were planted and eventually pecan trees spread across the southeastern states. These trees have led to other varieties grown on farms across the Sunbelt. Today approximately 150,000 tons are grown annually in the U.S., worth millions of dollars.
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