Are Soft Pecans Bad

Are Soft Pecans Bad? The Facts on Pecan Storage

Pecan Nutrition

Pecans, if stored properly, can retain their fresh condition for a long period of time. You must first start with a good quality pecan, though. Quality pecans should have an oil percentage of about 73-75, carb percentage of 12-15, proteins percentage of 9-10 and water of 3-4 percent.

Are Soft Pecans Bad?

Pecans should be stored in relative humidity of about 65-70%. Humidity higher than these values can cause the pecans to become soft and grow molds. Soft pecans are not good and should be discarded.  Pecans with an air gap in their cross section will not storage as well or as long as a full meaty nut.  One reason for pithy pecan nut meats could be likely due to a fungal infection called "pecan scab". It infects both the leaves and the protective shell, especially when they are young and growing.

Factors Impacting the Storage Conditions of Pecans

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