orchard trees are usually grown by grafting branch buds from
bear fine quality nuts on seedling stocks. In addition, pecan
may manage and harvest nuts from groves of wild pecan trees.
flowers are pollinated by the wind. However, most varieties of
trees are not pollinated by their own kind. For this reason,
orchards usually contain several different kinds of pecan trees.
thin-shelled pecans, which are called paper shell, are a popular
because their shells can be cracked between the fingers.
harvest the pecans after they fall to the ground. The nuts may
naturally or be shaken off the trees using mechanical shakers. They
taken to processing centers where they are cleaned, graded, and
packaged. The shelled nuts are cracked and most often sorted by
Richard A. Jaynes, Ph.D., Horticulturalist and Consultant, Broken Arrow