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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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Microwave Pecan Fudge
Microwave Pecan Fudge
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Ingredients
  1. 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) margarine or butter
  2. 3 cups granulated sugar
  3. 1 can (5 ounce) evaporated milk
  4. 1 package (12 ounce) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  5. 1 jar (7 ounce) Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 2 cups PECAN SHED PECANS
Instructions
  1. Lightly grease 13 by 9 inch square pan and set aside. MICROWAVE margarine in 4-quart microwavable bowl on HIGH for one minute or until melted. Add sugar and milk; mix well. MICROWAVE on HIGH for 5 minutes or until mixture begins to boil, stirring after 3 minutes. Mix well; scrape bowl. MICROWAVE on HIGH for 5 1/2 minutes, stirring after 3 minutes. Gradually stir in chips until melted. Add remaining ingredients; mix well. Pour into prepared pan. Cool at room temperature; cut into squares. Makes 3 pounds.
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Pecan Tassies
Pecan Tassies
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For the Dough
  1. 1/2 cup PECAN SHED PECANS
  2. 1/2 cup mascarpone cheese (4 ounces)
  3. 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  4. 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  5. Pinch of salt
For the Filling
  1. 1 large egg
  2. 1/4 cup packed light-brown sugar
  3. 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  4. 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  5. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
  6. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  7. 3/4 cup PECAN SHED PECANS, toasted and coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Make the dough: Process pecans in a food processor until finely ground (you should have about 1/3 cup); set aside. Put mascarpone and butter into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix on medium-high speed until well blended. Add flour, ground PECAN SHED PECANS, and salt; mix just until dough comes together. Alternatively, stir together ingredients with a wooden spoon in a large bowl.
  2. Roll dough into sixteen 1-inch balls and press into bottoms and up sides of cups of mini-muffin tins.
  3. Make the filling: Whisk the egg, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, butter, and salt in a small bowl. Stir in PECAN SHED PECANS. Spoon about 1 1/2 teaspoons filling into each muffin cup.
  4. Bake pecan tassies until crust begins to turn golden, about 15 minutes. Let cool completely in tins on wire rack. Unmold. Pecan tassies can be stored in single layers in airtight containers up to 3 days.
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Pecan Praline Sauce
Pecan Praline Sauce
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 1 cup buttermilk
  3. 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 2 Tbsp. molasses
  6. 3 Tbsp. white syrup
  7. 1 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1 1/2 cups chopped PECAN SHED PECANS
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients except vanilla and PECAN SHED PECANS in large heavy saucepan. Simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and PECAN SHED PECANS. It thickens as it cools. Refrigerate when cool. Serve over cake, ice cream, or just eat it out of the jar like Molly does!
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