Pecans

dutchgirl_z7(z5 Ontario)September 20, 2008

We have a pecan tree that is absolutely loaded this year, and I really, really, really want to harvest them. Can anyone tell me what I need to do? Do I wait until the nut falls off the tree and the outer shell is dark and dry? Or is the nut ready before the outside is dark. I see the furry tailed monsters carrying them green... Thanks for your help. I have visions of pralines dancing in my head.

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tamelask(z8a NC)

I know for some nut trees you can spread sheets or a tarp on the ground & shake them (that's how the commercial harvesters do it, with a machine) but if it's a big tree, shaking it by hand will probably be pretty hard. I think they're mostly harvested once they fall- that's what we do to get the nuts up at the local park. Discard any that have a little round hole in the outer shell- it means the weevil got there before you did. Not sure what to do about the nutbrained skirls.

btw, there was an older thread about ingenious nut crackers you might want to search for if you end up with a surplus!

    Bookmark   September 20, 2008 at 10:11PM
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fedup321(7 NC)

Wait until the nut falls out of the tree, WITHOUT the outer shell. My expeirence is that a nut still in the outer shell is bad. The outer shell will open by nature and release the nut!!

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 1:16AM
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dutchgirl_z7(z5 Ontario)

Thanks for the info...I was wondering about the outer shell, fedup. So now its a race with the furry-tails! Wish me luck!

    Bookmark   September 21, 2008 at 8:15PM
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