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

How long do unshelled pecans last at room temperature?

We often get the question 'how long do pecans last at room temperature or how long do pecans last in the shell?"  Unshelled pecans can last for several months to a year when stored at room temperature, provided they are kept in a cool, dry place and in an airtight container to protect them from moisture and air. However, for longer-term storage, it's best to keep them in the fridge or freezer to maintain their freshness and prevent them from going rancid.  Dark or red colored kernels indicated that the oil in the pecans have gone rancid and should be discarded.

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