lotoole wrote: Valerie, I'm planting a pecan tree this year. A friend brought pecans to me from her mother's tree and there is a huge difference in taste between fresh pecans and those you buy in stores. One of my favorite things! And much easier to crack than these rock hard Black Walnuts.
I think it takes a very long time for pecan trees to grow. Probably today however, they have
many varieties with some faster growing.
The ones that were in my yard, I truly could not begin to guess how old they are.....I say are
because I guess they're still there. I know the previous owners has lived there many years
and they said the pecan trees were there when they bought that place. My guess would be
those pecan trees were at least 50 years old.
On the good years, I'd get about 500 pounds of pecans from those two trees. I truly did not
bother with them for the money. I love to eat pecans as many people do and they come in
at just the right time of year......late Fall. I had so many of them, box's and box's and box's
that I would sell some to those I worked with at the hospital. They loved them because for
starters, I sold them for less than they could buy them at the store and because they were
A fresh pecan taste so much better than the old ones in the store. The fresh ones are juicy
and emit more of a pecan flavor in foods such as pecan pies. You have never ate a pecan
pie until you eat one that is made with fresh pecans.
I use to take vacations regularly to Florida and would go through Georgia.....always bought
the Georgia pecans often from the road side stands.
Back when I sold them to folks I worked with, I'd sell them a big baggie full for $3 or $4.
You wouldn't be able to touch that for less that $20 or $25 today store bought that amount.
There's varieties of pecans such as the paper shell pecan. The paper shell pecan has a thin
shell that is easy to crack.