As you probably know by now, there is much to be appreciated in South Carolina. While many may claim sweet tea as their favorite staple at the dinner table, there’s another decadency that makes the mouths of South Carolinians water – pecans! Look around the next time you’re at a Southern holiday gathering.
No matter if it’s Thanksgiving or Christmas, or just a family get-together on a cool autumn night, a pecan pie (or tartlets or log rolls or… the list goes on!) will be found somewhere amongst the food. If we aren’t buying them by the bags from local grocery stores, we are growing them in our own yards, as pecan trees are also popular here in South Carolina. In fact, it can be quite difficult to find a yard in the countryside without one! It’s no joke that we are passionate about pecans; so much so that we now have a culinary trail dedicated to it – the South Carolina Pecan Trail, located in the ever-growing-city of Florence, which is also the home of the beloved S.C. Pecan Festival (Thought I was joking about our obsession with pecans?).
This trail features 20 local restaurants, each offering a delectable item with, you guessed it, pecans! Everything from pecan-encrusted grouper, to pecan pie martinis, to honey pecan muffins, and a mouthwatering cast iron pecan pie! Your taste buds are sure to be satis ed with the wide variety of options available. Holly Beaumier, Director of the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau, states, “More than half of all travelers want to hear about unique dining experiences, and there is an increased interest in local food traditions. The pecan is part of our heritage, and this trail is designed to showcase this segment of our culinary culture.”
Visitors and residents too can pick up a Pecan Trail “passport” at the Visitors Center, located at 3290 W. Radio Drive in Florence. Passports can also be obtained at participating restaurants. Participating restaurants include Block and Vino, The Clay Pot Coffee Shop, Dolce Vita Café and More, Freeman’s Bakery, Julia Belle’s, The Library, Rebel Pie Wood-Fired Pizza, Red Bone Alley, Seminar Brewing, Top Hat Special- Teas, Town Hall, Tubb’s Shrimp and Fish Co., Venus Restaurant and Catering, Victors, Wholly Smokin’, and Young Plantations. Once each restaurant has been visited (marked by a pecan stamp from someone on sta at each location), gifts are available at the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau.
A complete passport warrants a Pecan Adventurers T-shirt, a drawstring bag, and, fittingly, a nutcracker. Eight stamps earn a drawstring bag and a nutcracker. Four stamps receive the nutcracker only. For more information, please visit www.visit o.com/sc-pecan-trail or call the Visitors Center at (843)664-0330.