China's appetite grows for Georgia pecans

ALBANY, Ga. (AP) - China's newfound taste for pecans has been a boon for Georgia growers.

The country's growing interest in the nut started in 2007 and has continued for the past three seasons.

University of Georgia horticulture professor Lenny Wells says in 2005, China bought a couple of million pounds of pecans.

In 2007, that number went up to around 90 million pounds. Last year, officials say China bought at least 80 million pounds of pecans last year - an amount equal to all the pecans grown in Georgia for the year.

The U.S. produces 80% of the world's pecans, and Georgia leads the nation in pecan production.

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