Pecans are one of the most popular nuts worldwide. Not only do they have great taste, but plenty of health benefits as well. As easily as we get pecans from stores or local producers, harvesting pecans is not easy. There are hundreds of commercial pecan producers and family farms all across the US, harvesting 200 million pounds of pecans every year to supply to local and international markets. Let us find out more about the pecan growing orchards and farm and the time of the harvest.
Pecan farmers grow pecans in the late spring during April and May. Nuts would begin to form because of wind pollination. By the summer, trees would bear young pecans. These would mature in late September or early October. After the six-month growing season, the pecan harvest season follows. Farmers harvest pecans in the late summer and winter season from October to December.
How Long Does It Take A Pecan Tree To Bear Nuts?
Pecan trees require a lot of time and effort to bear nut fruit. A pecan tree typically takes seven to ten years before it can bear fruit. But once the process begins, it can provide a full supply of pecans for many years, even hundreds in some cases.
In-shell nuts go through packaging directly. The remaining undergo screening, shelling, final cleaning, and processing. The nuts are screened for any bad ones, which are then removed. Farms sell smaller nuts to bakeries or use them to make desserts like pecan pie or pralines.
The pecan harvest season is between October and December. They grow between the months of April and September. It takes anywhere from seven to ten years for a pecan tree to mature fully and bear fruit. It takes a lot of time and effort for pecan growers to harvest pecans.
Hi! My name is Kristen Millican and I am so glad you have stopped by! Our family has been harvesting and selling pecans since 1888. I love sharing various pecan recipes, stories about life on our pecan farm, and so much more!