Pecan Pie Time

” There is almost no distress or trauma that a pecan pie cannot cure.”

c e hollis

Pecan season is not quite here, but we are beginning to look in that direction. The pecans are at the filling stage. The liquid inside the wooden shell (inside the green hull) is solidifying into nut kernel. Soon it will be solid and begin to dry. After we see them begin to open the browning hulls and drop the nuts we will shake the trees and gather the pecans with the harvester.

We use the tractor and attach the shaker to the tree trunk. Shaking brings down the nuts as well as leaves and sticks. The harvester picks those up and spits out the sticks and leaves. Next the nuts go into the cleaner which has a gasoline motor. It sorts out debris and dumps the nuts into a “super sack” that holds 1,500 pounds. Now that is a super amount of pecans!

With baskets children and gleaners pick up the rest under each tree. Super sacks go to the processor who cleans and shells the pecans and packages and labels them. Papa Ron’s Pecans is a name we picked for our top quality nuts. Our varieties are Kanza, Pawnee and Mounts. They go to the cooler next and out to stores.

That is, except the ones that go to our freezers and to cookies and candies and pies. We love pies and have a favorite honey made recipe. Pralines made with real cream and fresh pecans cannot be beat by any candy out there. Roasted with salt and pepper they are super tasty. Cookies and cakes, salads and bars all call for pecans. We love them.

Shelling out the pecans is part of the fun so we keep our baskets of pickups to crack with Papa Ron’s cracker. Everybody likes to help crack and shell. These are the ones we eat fresh and raw and they are full of nutrition. We add them to our granola and put them on yogurt and ice cream.

Pralines never last long. They are so sweet and yummy. Banana nut bread, bread pudding and raisin oatmeal cookies are the best with pecans.

Our harvest looms ahead and soon will be upon us. I’ll keep you posted!

“Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, Who keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.”

Jeremiah 5:24

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