Early to late fall is the pecan harvesting season. This can change depending on the region the pecan trees are grown in and the specific variety of pecan tree. In the U.S., the average harvesting season for pecans is in November. It takes an average of 10 years for pecan trees to begin producing nuts if the trees are grown from a seed.
The town of San Saba, Texas claims to be "The Pecan Capital of the World" and is the site of the "Mother Tree" (c. 1850) considered to be the source of the state's production through its progeny. Alabama named the pecan the official state nut in 1982. Arkansas adopted it as the official nut in 2009.
Georgia leads the nation in pecan production. And Paula’s hometown of Albany, Georgia, with over 600,000 pecan trees, is the pecan capital of the United States. Each year, Albany holds a National Pecan Festival, which includes a pecan-cooking contest, a parade, and the crowning of the National Pecan Queen.
Pecan pie is a pie of pecan nuts mixed with a filling of eggs, butter, and sugar (typically corn syrup). Variations may include white or brown sugar, sugar syrup, molasses, maple syrup, or honey. It is popularly served at holiday meals in the United States and is considered a specialty of Southern U.S. origin.
Georgia is the nation´s leading pecan producing state. In Georgia, pecans are harvested during October and November, but are available year-round. Pecan production is centered in Dougherty County, around Albany, with orchards ranging in size from a few acres to several thousand acres.
Three Pecan-Packed Recipes Puree a Pesto “This pecan sage pesto is delicious on crusty bread with sliced apple and melted Gruyère.” Place 1 cup roasted pecans, 1 cup Italian parsley leaves, ½ cup sage leaves, 2 small garlic cloves, and ½ tsp. kosher salt in a food processor. Process until everything is combined, scraping down the sides if needed.
Tall and stately pecan trees (Carya illinoinensis) shed their nuts in fall, before the leaves begins to drop. The trees grow in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 5 through 9. Pecans need quick picking once the nuts begin to mature, so knowing the signs and what to do help you get the most out of your pecan tree.
Some pecan trees will produce low-quality nuts, either because of a poor growing season, low quality soil and nutrients, or it is simply a product of a poor genetic background. Some examples of these contributions to the nut quality are these:
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Weak trees with poor access to water and nutrients may produce a very short harvest, if any at all. Constant insect attacks or disease may forbear ripening altogether. Severe drought before pecans have ripened may set the ripening season back, or cause the nuts to drop before they even ripen.