This is the first of three lectures in the Arnold Arboretum's Director's Lecture Series.
In the United States, the pecan tree is native to a region stretching from central Texas to western Alabama, and from the Gulf of Mexico to southern Illinois. Today, most pecans grown for commercial consumption come from New Mexico and Georgia, places with no native pecans. What makes the extension of pecan production beyond its native habitat possible is the art and science of domestication. The pecan tree went from being primarily wild to primarily domesticated in an astonishingly quick period of time--a matter of decades. James McWilliams' talk will explore the intricacies of this process while challenging us to think more critically about what we mean by ideas such as "natural," "artificial," and "authentic," all of which are central to understanding the food we produce and consume.
Free Zoom webinar
View the series and register for subsequent lectures via this link: https://arboretum.harvard.edu/events/directors-lecture-series/.