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Pralines

Benefits

Pralines is a nutrition powerhouse loaded with vitamins and minerals.

What’s more, raw pecans are even cholesterol-free, sodium-free, and low in carbohydrates. With their rich, buttery flavor and natural sweetness, they make a tasty and satisfying snack.

Raw pecans pack a 1-2-3 punch of protein, healthy fats, and fiber that can help keep you energized and satisfied. They are a good source of calcium, magnesium, and potassium, which help lower blood pressure.

Studies have shown that nuts can help prevent heart disease in people with diabetes. Snacking on an ounce of nuts when hungry helps you feel full, making it easier to avoid high-carb foods and keep blood sugars in check.

Pecans also contain Omega-3 fats, which can help ease the pain of arthritis by reducing inflammation. The magnesium, calcium, fiber, vitamin E, and zinc in pecans also give the nuts anti-inflammatory properties.

Vitamin A, vitamin E, and zinc, which are all found in pecans, support your immune system so that your body can fight off infections and repair damage.

Here are some sample nutrient for a Serving Size of 0.25 cup (42g)

           200 calories 
             12g fat 
              90mg sodium 
              25g carbohydrates 
                1g fiber 
              23g glucose 
                1g protein 


Symbolism

The praline tree heralds a time of wealth and financial security. This could also indicate extra income, or even an inheritance.

The pralin brings welcome relief to our lives in the form of monetary and or physical comfort. This is a time to relax and enjoy life by graciously accepting the gifts that are being offered to you. This is a time to gather with family and friends and celebrate what has been accomplished and the satisfaction of bringing something to completion. This accomplishment can be related to career, relationships, financial investments etc… This may also be a time of planning for the future and creating a strong, successful and sustainable plan.


A Bit of History

It’s hard to find one definitive history of the pecan praline, this is a nut from a species of hickory trees native to northern Mexico and the Southern United States. Although the stories surrounding the creation differ, it is widely agreed that pralines are named after a French diplomat from the early 17th century whose name and title was César, duc de Choiseul, conte du Plessis-Praslin. The actual creator of the praline is believed to be his personal chef, Clement Lassagne, but there are many versions of the story.

One of the versions is: the children were discovered stealing almonds from the kitchens, when Lassagne followed the delicious smell to find them, he caramelized the almonds in sugar over a candle, accidentally.

Yet one more version has Lassagne getting the idea from a clumsy young apprentice who knocked over a container of almonds into a vat of cooking caramel.

A more playful account paints du Plessis-Praslin as a notorious ladies man, who asked his chef to come up with an irresistible treat he could present to the women he would court. He would put the sweet sugary nuts into little parcels marked with his name, so people began to call the sweets after him. Lassagne did well enough for himself, eventually opening a sweet shop in France called the Maison du Praslin, which still exists in some form to this day.


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