Our beloved grandfather, Poppy Sol, started this business in an open-air market. Three generations later, we’re still bringing smiles to our customers' faces.
— Doris, Paso Robles, CA January 26, 2010
“I have waited to find the perfect on-line pecan ordering site: YOU'RE IT! The pecans are to die for such that they are almost gone and we only put them out to two guest groups! Will have to order again soon. Thanks for becoming one of my favorite "bookmarks" and for such a great product. D.”
Pecans are undoubtedly the most important nut trees native to North America. Although named for their northern most habitat, pecans are actually indigenous to a wide geographical areas, including Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, Illinois, Indiana, Nebraska, Iowa and Mexico as far south as Oaxaca.
For North American Indian tribes in the south central region of the United States, especially in the Mississippi Valley, the pecan served as a dietary staple long before the arrival of Europeans. Later they traded pecans to the settlers for furs, trinkets and tobacco. Before the early sixteenth century, no European had ever seen a pecan nut.
Texas was blessed with more native pecan trees than any other state: possibly as many as seventy-five million growing wild, mostly near the states many watercourses. The pecan is the official state tree of Texas. The first United States commercial pecan orchard was planted in Brownwood, Texas in 1880. To this day, the Western Schley has been and continues to be a most important cultivar in the Southwest and was originally developed in 1880.
Between 1900 and 1925, numerous real estate projects, which featured pecan trees were developed in the southeastern states. Hundreds of thousands of acres were planted, mostly with Stuart variety pecans in Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi and northern Florida. It took about four centuries for the pecan to become an important crop in the United States: it reached commercial scale in 1920 and has increased steadily ever since. The average, annual pecan production is now over 200 million pounds, although there is considerable variation from year to year. The pecan industry, like the macadamia nut has largely developed during the twentieth century.
Most edible tree nuts are essentially one state crops: almonds, pistachios, walnuts in California; filberts in Oregon and macadamia nuts in Hawaii. The pecan is a multi-state crop, stretching across the country from the Southeast to the Southwest throughout some twenty states. The most important and largest producing states in the country are Georgia and Texas, Alabama, New Mexico, and Louisiana.
The pecan, although it resembles the walnut, is more elongated, has a smoother shell and a higher proportion of kernel in its shell. In the pecan, the partitions which separate the two halves of the kernel are thinner than in the walnut. When mature, the husk of the pecan, unlike that of the walnut, splits open into four segments. The pecan is a large, stately deciduous tree. Under favorable circumstances it may grow to over one hundred feet in height, with a trunk diameter of six feet and a limb spread of some 100 feet. Pecan trees are very long lived; some native trees in the Southeast are known to be over a thousand years old.
Once fallen to the ground, the pecans are harvested, cleaned, and either packed in shell or shelled and graded. The United States has six different grades for pecans. The Pecan halves are also further graded into descending order: Mammoths Pecans(250 halves per pound), Junior Mammoth Pecans, Jumbo Pecans, Extra Large Pecans, Large Pecans, Medium Pecans, Small Pecans and Midget Pecans (751 halves or more per pound) The pecan is then sold raw, used in confectionaries, or roasted. The largest demand for shelled pecans is in the baking industry.
The versatile pecan continues to grow in popularity every year. Many people have even begun to plant pecan trees on their property to provide, beauty, shade and the delicious edible nuts.
We also offer Wholesale Pecans.