If you want pecans as “fresh from the trees” as possible, we suggest ordering in November or December. These are referred to as new crop pecans and they’re lighter with a more appealing color and moist, robust taste. These are the freshest pecans available, first off the tree.
Pecans are the only tree nut that is truly native to the United States – other tree nuts, such as almonds, walnuts and pistachios, were brought to America from the Middle East or Europe. There are more than 500 different types of pecans, although the majority of pecans grown in the U.S. are focused on a few dozen varieties.
Pecan trees begin to shed their nuts in the fall, prior to leaf drop. The nut forms inside a green husk that gradually browns as it dries and the nut matures. As the pecans mature, the husks begin to crack open, indicating readiness of picking pecans. Once the pecans are fully mature, they drop out of the husks and to the ground. When the pecans fall from the tree, provided the ground is dry, they begin to dry and cure which improves their quality. Curing increases flavor, texture and aroma of pecans.
Pecans are perishable because of their high oil content, but they do have a great shelf life if they’re sealed properly and kept in cold storage. To keep your pecans fresh all year, shelled pecans need to be either refrigerated in airtight containers for up to nine months, or frozen in zipper-locked freezer bags for up to two years. Pecans can be frozen and refrozen for at least two years without loss of flavor or texture.
Interested in offering your customers new crop pecans? Truly Good Foods new crop pecans are available now in halves and pieces.