Frequently Asked Questions


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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!

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Do you crack other people’s pecans?

Sorry, no. We only crack our own Royalty Pecans®, because we need to keep our equipment sanitary.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Temperature Inshell Shelled

fridge (40 degrees)

9-18 months

6 months

freezer (0 degrees)

2 years +

2 years

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Which pecan is best for baking?

Whichever one you like the flavor of the best! Some varieties have a higher oil content, but that won’t drastically affect your baking.

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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.

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Can I buy a bag of just shells?

If we have some pecan shells available, you’re welcome to pick them up at our gift shop for free. But you may be able to get a larger supply from a pecan shelling plant.

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Do you let people pick their own pecans?

No, we do not allow the public to pick up our pecans from the orchard. You may buy pecans from our gift shop or online shop. You are also welcome to try samples of our pecans and other available products in the shop. Please do not steal pecans from our orchard.

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Do you sell pecan trees?

We currently do not sell pecan trees, but we may be able to in the future. Feel free to contact us. Click here for a list of helpful links and contact info.

For more info and resources, check out the TPGA and TPB websites.