Between the fourth and fifth generations (us!), we built on the techniques and legacy passed down through our families to continue this incredible tradition. Growing the proper pecan takes discipline and pride. At Pecan Nation, we tend 100-year-old orchards planted by the generations before us, and we, in turn, plant new orchards for our children, grandchildren, and future generations to tend for the next 100 years.
Pecan Nation’s Commitment to Quality
Cultivating and producing high-quality pecans for people to enjoy is in our blood. It’s something we take very seriously. Of the many varieties of pecans we grow, we only select the most flavorful varieties to take home to mom. We harvest our pecans at peak ripeness so the actual pecan nut, or “meat,” is also at peak flavor. Our pecans that you’ll find in the store have been hand-selected for their quality and color to ensure that you receive the best flavor possible.
Varieties We Offer
Although we produce dozens of pecan varieties (and multiple flavors) at Pecan Nation’s farms, there are four specific types that we focus on: Schley, Farley, Elliot, and Desirables.
Schley pecans, pronounced “sly,” have some of the thinnest shells of all pecans, making them the easiest to crack. The Schley is an oily pecan prized by many for its great flavor.
Farly pecans are a great nut to grow and shell. The meat releases well from their shell and the skin is contoured so much that one domestic baker said they “reminded her of monkey bread.” The meat has a uniquely rich, nutty flavor.
Elliot pecans have a thick, hard but smooth shell and are smaller than other varieties. Despite their small size, Elliots are famous for their buttery, hickory flavor. Elliots are especially popular for use in pecan pie and other sweets.
Desirables are among the largest pecans around and are even referred to as the “mammoth” pecan. Their shells, like the Schley, are thin and easy to crack. With its flavorful meat, the Georgia Pecan Commission rates Desirables among the best pecans for roasting.
Why Our Pecans are Golden
The common image of a pecan is brown and shriveled – that’s what most people have come to expect. However, pecans that have been properly cultivated and prepared should be a rich golden color rather than dark brown. The brown color that has become synonymous with pecans indicates an extended time off the tree and a lack of proper handling. Pecan Nation pecans are always golden, so you know you’re getting a fresh, delicious product.
We begin by selecting sites with access to plenty of water and plant trees that are two or three years old. These trees are then irrigated and fertilized year-round until they are ready for cultivation at 10 years old.
Trees are pruned so that light can penetrate the canopy and shaped so the pecan tree shaker to properly access the tree. The shaker attaches to large limbs and shakes the pecans loose so they fall to the ground.
The pecans are brushed into rows away from the base of the trees before being picked up by a harvester. The harvester sends the pecans through a series of air drops to expel leaves, sticks, and husks.
Once collected, our pecans are taken to our cleaning plant where they are dried to 4% moisture to prevent spoilage. They go through further air drops to remove any other unwanted materials before being cracked, cleaned and bagged at our shelling facility. The next stop is the customer!