Here in the Lowcountry, we don’t experience many of the weather or color changes associated with Autumn that our neighbors to the north enjoy. However, we make up for any lack in color with the delicious, mouth-watering flavor of pecans.
According to Clemson Cooperative Extension, pecan trees will grow in almost any South Carolina soil and need to be placed in areas that receive good air movement because pecan trees are pollinated by the wind. Additionally, pecan trees should be planted within 200 feet of one another, with at least three varieties planted together for maximum pollination and production.
Depending on the weather, pecans can start falling anywhere from early September through November. Harvesting pecans can be hard work, but the various ways they can be used are well worth the fruits of your labor.
There are some great guides available that walk through how to tell what kind of crop yield you can expect, when to watch for pecans to start falling and various pecan harvesting techniques. We definitely recommend reading through them as it might save you some time, backache and disappointment if your pecans end up on the wimpy side.
While pecans can be enjoyed as a snack, they have helped make the South famous for their use in pralines, pies and syrups. Southern Living has a pretty robust listing of delicious pecan recipes.
Do you have pecan trees in your yard? Have you harvested pecans before? Have any favorite pecan recipes? Share your experiences with us!
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