Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the difference in pecan varieties?
We have six primary pecan varieties in our orchard: Kiowa, Choctaw, Desirable, Pawnee, Gracross, and Cheyenne. 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. Kiowa usually create the largest pecan halves, but they also have a thicker shell and the least amount of pecan oil, so they tend to be drier and crispier.
Which pecan variety is the best?
That depends on what you like. What qualities are you looking for in a “good” pecan? Choctaw and Cheyenne are our best sellers. Desirable tastes great, but it has a thick shell, so it’s not the easiest to crack and shell by hand. 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!
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.
How can I be sure my pecans are fresh from the trees?
Our “Premium Grade” 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.
How long will my pecans stay fresh?
Pecans are rich in oil and therefore perishable. If you’re not going to eat them 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. The table below shows some general guidelines.
fridge (40 degrees)
freezer (0 degrees)
2 years +
Which pecan is best for baking?
Whichever one you like the flavor of the best! Some varieties have a higher oil content, but that doesn’t drastically effect your baking.
How many cups are in a pound of pecans?
One pound of inshell pecans will provide about two cups of shelled pecans. A one-pound bag of shelled pecans is about four cups.
Can I buy a bag of just shells?
If we have some pecan shells available, they’re free. But you may be able to get a larger supply from a shelling plant. We’ve had customers who use the empty pecan shells in their garden as mulch, in their barbeque pit for smoking or grilling, and in their art projects.
Do you crack other people’s pecans?
Sorry, no. We only crack our own Royalty Pecans, because we need to keep our equipment sanitary.