Frequently Asked Questions
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- What's the difference in pecan varieties and which is best?
- Do you crack other people's pecans?
- When is pecan harvest season?
- How can I be sure my pecans are fresh from the trees?
- How long will my pecans stay fresh?
- Which pecan is best for baking?
- How many cups are in a pound of pecans?
- Can I buy a bag of just shells?
- Do you let people pick their own pecans?
- Do you sell pecan trees?
What's the difference in pecan varieties and which is best?We grow six primary pecan varieties in our orchard: Cheyenne, Choctaw, Desirable, Gracross, Kiowa, and Pawnee. Basically, different varieties mean different types of meats, shells, flavors, sizes, colors, etc. For example, Cheyenne pecans have small, light golden halves surrounded by a very thin shell, which makes them easy to crack and shell out. Desirable tend to be larger in size, but they also have a harder, thicker shell and are the most difficult to crack and shell by hand. Since taste is subjective, the "best pecan variety" depends on what you like. What qualities are you looking for in a "good" pecan? Kiowa are usually the largest and have a strong nutty flavor. Choctaw and Cheyenne are our best sellers because they're the easiest to shell and have lots of sweet, healthy, pecan oil. Since everyone’s taste buds are different, the best way to become a connoisseur is to visit our farm, sample all the varieties, and choose which kind you like the best! Back to top
Do you crack other people's pecans?Sorry, no. We only crack our own Royalty Pecans®, because we need to keep our equipment sanitary. Back to top
When is pecan harvest season?Harvest time depends on when the trees are ready, of course. We typically begin harvest in late October or early November and continue on through December. Sometimes we keep harvesting for a few more months after December. Back to top
How can I be sure my pecans are fresh from the trees?Our "Premium" pecans are always part of our most recent harvest. If you want pecans as “fresh from the trees” as possible, we suggest ordering in November or December. However, pecans have a great shelf life if they’re sealed properly and kept in cold storage. We keep our pecans fresh in cold storage throughout the year. Back to top
How long will my pecans stay fresh?Pecans are rich in healthy pecan oil and therefore perishable. This also applies to our Pecan Delicacies, which contain pecans as a major ingredient. If you're not going to eat your pecans immediately, it's best to store them in a sealed container in the freezer. Be sure to use airtight containers. It's fine to thaw and refreeze pecans, as long as you don't let too much moisture get to the pecans as they’re thawing. Remember that heat, light, and humidity (and time, of course) can speed up the aging process. The table below shows some general guidelines.
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2 years +