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Tips on How to Grow Healthy Pecan Trees

The pecan tree is very native to Texas and can outlast even the hottest summer months. Pecan trees thrive next to rivers and streams in Texas because of their large consumption of water. If the soil becomes to dry, the tree will start dropping its fruit (pecans) in order to stay alive. Just like most plants, the success of Pecan Trees depend on a healthy root system. In order to keep pecan trees at the orchard it requires time, equipment, testing, maintenance and around the clock care.

Here’s a few tips on how we keep our trees it tip top shape!

  1. We keep an eye on our soil and Pecan trees thrive in conditions where there is minimum clay density in the soil and an abundant supply of water.
  2. We do rain dances each day! Some of the top yielding trees need up to 2,000 gallons of water per week! Thanks to our water wells and extensive irrigation we are able to save both our trees and our crops when we face dry years like we recently have had.
  3. We make sure our leaves have adequate sunlight, to avoid crowding we hedge our trees during off season. We want to have proper light filtration all the way from the top of the canopy down to the bottom limb. Without proper sunlight trees will begin to lose leaves, limbs, and a lot of pecan production. Crowding can be a big problem without proper maintenance.

Take a look at our hedgers in action here:

Tips for Growing Pecans in your own back yard!

  1. Plant container Pecan Trees in early February.
  2. Buy trees from reputable nurseries and make sure the tree is at least 5-7 feet tall and have a diameter of at least 1’, 6 inches above the bud union.
  3. Never let roots dry out when transporting the tree

Pecan tree roots can spread out quite a bit so make sure you plant far enough away from buildings or any areas where roots may later pose a problem.
A good local source for the North Texas area to get more information on planting pecan trees for your home would be any of the local nurseries.

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More about Pecan Shed

Pecan Shed of Wichita Falls, ships many varieties of pecans such as the Pawnee, Wichita, Cheyenne and Choctaw. Whether you prefer them in the shell, cracked, or shelled, these pecans are some of the BEST in Texas! Order your pecans online here!

Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Gluten Free Chocolate Pecan Pie Bars
Serves 12
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
1 hr 30 min
Total Time
2 hr
Caramel Sauce
  1. 1 cup full-fat coconut milk
  2. 1 cup coconut sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
Crust
  1. 1 ¼ cups almond flour
  2. 1/4 cup butter, chilled and cut into small pieces
  3. 1/4 cup Swerve Sweetener
  4. 1/2 tsp xanthan gum
  5. 1/4 tsp salt
  6. 1/4 tsp liquid stevia extract
Filling
  1. 2 eggs
  2. 2 tbsp melted butter
  3. 1 tbsp molasses
  4. 1/2 tsp salt
  5. 2 oz dark chocolate, chopped
  6. 1 cup pecans, lightly toasted
Caramel
  1. In a heavy bottomed pot about 7 inches wide, whisk together the coconut milk, coconut sugar and salt. Then bring the mixture to a boil over medium for around 15 minutes and keep an eye on the mixture so burning or boiling over is avoided. Reduce the heat for 5 minutes then pour the mixture into a heat resistant bowl and stir periodically.
Bars
  1. While caramel is cooling, prepare the crust. Preheat the oven to 350F.
  2. Combine almond flour, butter, erythritol, xanthan gum, salt and stevia in a food processer. Pulse until mixture resembles fine crumbs.
  3. Press mixture evenly into the bottom of an 8-inch square pan and bake 12 minutes. Remove and set aside.
  4. Reduce oven temperature to 325F.
  5. Whisk eggs, melted butter, molasses and salt into cooled caramel sauce.
  6. Sprinkle crust with chopped chocolate and toasted pecans. Pour filling over and bake about 20 minutes, until set and slightly puffed.
Adapted from All Day I Dream About Food
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Pecan Orchard Current Crop Status

LATEST NEWS!

Here is an inside peak at the current conditions of the pecan crop here at The Pecan Shed of Wichita Falls. We also have a quick Q&A session from Jill Montz, owner and operator, where she answers some of the most common questions concerning the pecan crop this year. 

Crop Conditions

The green “hull” forms around the actual pecan as the pecan forms inside. Right now our trees are weighted down with the crop meaning the limbs are heavy with pecans which is a great thing! We have not had a large crop in two years. Around the end of September or early October the green hull with crack open and the pecans will then be ready to be harvested. Right now seeing all those “green pecans” on the tree makes everyone around here VERY happy!

Q&A

1) How much total rain/water has the orchard received this year compared to years before?

We have gotten more rain this year than the last two years.  We are lucky and we can irrigate our orchards but we still need as much rain as possible.  Irrigation can be expensive and at times we have to hold back because even our water wells get low. 

 2) How does the amount of rain effect your production of the crop?

Without adequate water the crop can be less in pound produced or the pecans can be smaller.  Also pecans go through a “water stage” right before they solidify into the “meat” of the pecan so water is crucial to our crops.  Luckily this year we are getting some good rains right at the times we are needing them! 

3)  Do you have a specific rain dance we can do to help?

Trust me…we all do rain dances around here!  I carry an umbrella in my car at all times.  I figure positive thinking might be the way to go! :) 

 

hail storm orchard 7-25-2014

Other News!

This is a picture of some hail stones that hit The Pecan Shed’s orchards last night (Wednesday, July 24th 2014). No real damage was done to the crop but quite a site to see for sure! We are still in desperate need for rain in this area so every little bit counts! We will take hail if it comes with water!

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First time here at The Pecan Shed, read more about us here!

The History of Pecans

The name “Pecan” came from the Native American word “Algonquin” meaning “all nuts requiring a stone to crack”. Fits some early pecan varieties perfectly! Native American tribes thrived on pecans and used various pecan growing locations as their headquarters because pecans were their food source for the entire autumn season.

During colonial times the marketing of pecans really took off. New Orleans began planting pecan orchards and experimenting with propagation techniques to send pecans to mass markets. Soon after, New Orleans became a central hub for distributing pecans because of its location at the base of the Mississippi River. During the 1800 to 1900’s businesses really began seeing the opportunities in the pecan industry and started producing different varieties of pecans.

We can see the following names of the varieties trace back to the Native American roots of pecans like Cheyenne (one of the highest quality grown), Pawnee,  Desirable, Choctaw and Wichita.

Fun facts about Pecans:

  • The United States produces 80% of the entire world’s crop of pecan.
  • Pecans come in a variety of fun sizes:
  • Mammoth, extra large, large medium, small and midget.
  • Texas adopted the Pecan Tree as the state tree in 1919.

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About Pecan Shed of Wichita Falls & Henrietta

The Pecan Shed has been producing and selling premium grown Pecans for over 30 years. They have two retail locations including one in Wichita Falls, Texas and the other in Henrietta, Texas. They also offer online ordering on their pecans and select products. Read more about The Pecan Shed Here.

Pecan Nutrition, Storage & Usage

Pecans are a go-to ingredient for any recipe that’s getting a bit on the boring side. Pecans are amazing as a topping on baked treats such as Chocolate Chip Banana bread or a coating on your main course such as Pecan Crusted Salmon. 

This is just the beginning of what you can do with pecans to add a bit more flavor, crunch and above all nutrition to any dish.

How much nutrition is packed into one of these delightful bite size treats?

Pecans are rich in essential nutrients. They have an abundant amount of fiber and add a quick kick of energy when eaten by the handful. Pecans can be used to replace your normal 3:00pm snack of M&M’s and Skittles. Instead of reaching for the candy jar, reach into the refrigerator door and grab 5-7 pecan halves and you will have more than enough energy to last until closing time!

How should I store my Pecans for freshness and longevity?

  • Store in the freezer in a air tight or sealed container for up to 6 months
  • Store in fridge for 3 months.

What are some quick way I can prepare my Pecans?

You can enjoy pecans in

  • Pizza Crust or any crust
  • Toppings on salads & all of your favorite desserts
  • Thickener for soups and sauces

Here are a few recipes to get you started on your new pecan kick!

How to make Pecan Milk!

Ingredients:
½ Pecans
2 Cups Water

Directions:
Blend, pour and enjoy the maple flavor!

How to Make Roasted Pecans here! 

How do I buy my pecans in bulk?

Easy! The Pecan Shed of Wichita Falls offers shipping on bulk order pecans. Shipped right to your doorstep, ORDER TODAY!

Roasted Pecans
Maple Roasted Pecans
Serves 8
We've all seen and smelled Roasted Pecans at the fair and now you can make them at your home anytime of the year. Not only are pecans packed with delicious protein they are something the entire family will enjoy snacking on and will make your entire home smell wonderful.
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Prep Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 egg white
  2. 1 tablespoon water
  3. 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  4. 2 1/4 cups of Pecan Shed's Pecan halves ORDER HERE
  5. 1/2 cup white sugar
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Directions
  2. Preheat oven to 225 degrees F (105 degrees C). Lightly grease a rimmed baking pan.
  3. Combine the egg white and water in a mixing bowl; beat until fluffy. Fold in the pecans to coat evenly. Combine the sugar, salt, and ground cinnamon in a shaker or cup with a lid. Dust the pecans evenly with the sugar mixture. Spread the nuts over the prepared pan.
  4. Bake in preheated oven until toasted and fragrant, stirring every 15 minutes, about 1 hour. Cool on pan, and store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. Order your pecans in bulk today, shipped directly to your doorstep! ORDER TODAY
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Cranberry Orange Pecan Muffins

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Cranberry-Orange Pecan Muffins
This Cranberry Orange Pecan Muffin recipe has been a huge hit each and every holiday season and now we are sharing it exclusively with our favorite Pecan Shed customers, you guys!! Remember to order your Pecan online from www.PecanShed.com!
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Ingredients
  1. For Muffins
  2. 3 cups gold medal basic muffin mix
  3. 1 cup heavy cream
  4. 1 tsp Orange Oil flavoring
  5. 1 tsp Butter-Pecan flavoring
  6. 1 cup Pecan Pieces
  7. 1 cup frozen cranberries thawed and drained
  8. For Frosting Glaze
  9. 2 cups powder sugar
  10. 1 tsp butter-pecan flavoring
  11. 1/2 cup softened butter
  12. 1/4 cup softened cream cheese
  13. Milk for thinning
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray muffin pan. Mix all ingredients with hand whisk together until blended. Spoon into muffin pan and bake for 20-25 minutes or until inserted toothpick or fork comes out clean. Completely cool muffins, then drizzle frosting or glaze on top.
  2. Mix all glaze ingredients and use the milk to thin as needed, drizzle onto muffins and refrigerate any leftover frosting.
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Anytime Pecan Pie
Clean Eating Pecan Pie
You no longer need to wait for Thanks Giving in order to enjoy baking an amazing Pecan Pie! Quick and easy to make! What a great surprise for your family tonight!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Frozen pie crust
  2. 1/2 cup honey for a less sweet pie OR
  3. 3/4 cups honey for a medium sweet pie OR
  4. 1 cup honey for a sickeningly sweet pie
  5. 3 egg whites, whipped with a fork
  6. 2 tablespoons safflower or other light flavored oil
  7. 1 cup ground raw pecans (grind after measuring)
  8. 1 cup raw pecan pieces
  9. 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  10. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  11. 3 tablespoons whole wheat pastry flour
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Pour batter into raw pie crust and layer half pecans on top of the filling.
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to 350 degrees F, and continue to bake for 20-25 minutes. The pie should raise in the oven and have small cracks in the top when it’s done.
  6. Remove from over and allow to cool!
  7. Optional to drizzle Honey or Maple Syrup on top before serving.
Adapted from The Gracious Pantry
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Microwave Pralines
Microwave Pralines
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup light brown sugar - packed
  2. 1 cup granulated sugar
  3. 1/3 cup light corn syrup
  4. 1/4 cup water
  5. 1 tbsp margarnie
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1 1/2 cups PECAN SHED PECANS (halves or pieces)
Instructions
  1. Line a cookie sheet with foil; spray with Pam. Spray a large tablespoon with Pam for dropping candy and set aside. Mix brown sugar, sugar, corn syrup, and water in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave uncovered on HIGH for 6-8 minutes, WITHOUT STIRRING. Stir in margarine and vanilla. Add PECAN SHED PECANS and let stand for 2 minutes. Stir vigorously until mixture thickens and turns opaque (1-2 minutes). QUICKLY drop by tablespoons onto cookie sheet. If mixture sets before you have finished, microwave on high for 30-45 seconds, then continue dropping until finished. VERY GOOD and EASY. Makes about 30 pralines.
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Microwave Pecan Turtles
Microwave Pecan Turtles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 pkg (14 oz) caramel candy
  2. 2 Tbsp. butter
  3. 2 Tbsp. water
  4. 3 cups PECAN SHED PECANS
  5. 1 pkg (24 oz) Almond Bark
Instructions
  1. Place candy, water, and butter in microwave safe bowl and melt at 50% power for 6 minutes, stirring every 2 minutes until candy is melted. Add PECAN SHED PECANS and stir. Drop by teaspoons on buttered tray. Place in freezer to cool.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, melt Almond Bark according to directions on package. Coat caramel drops in Bark and place on wax paper to cool.
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