Why You Should Love Pecans

Why You Should Love PecansPecans are one of the most delicious nuts, but did you know they are also one of the healthiest foods you can eat? These creamy, savory treats are loaded with essential vitamins, minerals, and fats to keep your body healthy. So go ahead and grab another handful, with all their amazing nutritional benefits, you can feel great loving pecans! Continue reading

Go Nuts For Pecans!

Go Nuts For Pecans!If you are looking for the perfect treat, go ahead and grab a handful of pecans! Pecans are one of the healthiest nuts you can find. They are loaded with 19 essential vitamins, are high in protein and fiber, and contain a ton of heart-healthy fats. If you love pecans, check out some of the great options we have at Natchitoches Pecans to add to your diet. Continue reading

Favorite Holiday Food Using Pecans

Favorite Holiday Food Using PecansBetween all of the entertaining, delicious flavors of the season, and fun edible gifts, the holidays are the best time of the year to cook. One of the most versatile and tasty ingredients for holiday cooking is pecans. We’ve put together a list of our favorite seasonal recipes using pecans to help inspire your holiday menu. These recipes are simple to make and are sure to impress anyone. Continue reading

Holidays And Pecans

Holidays And PecansDecorating your Christmas tree, writing a letter to Santa, and baking cookies for your friends are all some of the wonderful holiday traditions we enjoy every year. Another great holiday tradition is eating pecans. Pecans have a long history with Christmas and are a perfect addition to your holiday menu and to give as a gift. Continue reading

Bring Pecans To Your Holiday Party

Bring Pecans To Your Holiday PartyThe holiday season will be here in only a matter of weeks and there is a lot to get excited about. From the mouth-watering holiday dinners to the hectic fun that is spending time with the family, it is certainly a great time of the year. Not to mention all the great holiday parties you can enjoy. Continue reading

Not Too Soon To Be Considering Gifts For The Upcoming Holiday Season

Not Too Soon To Be Considering Gifts For The Upcoming Holiday SeasonThe holidays are right around the corner, and with them comes the necessity of gifts galore for all your friends, family, and loved ones. While gift shopping can be one of the most difficult and stress-inducing times of the year, it doesn’t have to be. Rather than stressing over the perfect gift from the mall or other department stores, why not gift them with one of our Pecan Gifts and Tins instead? If you’re not totally convinced that this is the perfect gift to give this year, here are a few reasons why pecans are the perfect gift for this holiday season. Continue reading

2015 Pecan Harvest Begins

Our pecan orchard is in warp speed this time of year gathering our fresh Louisiana pecans signifying the start of the  2015 pecan harvest at Little Eva Plantation.  Within the last previous two to three weeks the orchard floor has been cleaned of many broken limbs clearing the ground beneath each tree which enable the pecan harvesters

Pecan harvester picking pecans at Little Eva Plantation.

Pecan harvester picking pecans at Little Eva Plantation.

to not miss a pecan as these machines go around and around each tree gathering nuts beneath the trees.  Each variety is  typically harvested  individually. – Candy variety is an earlier maturing nut and is usually always harvested first.  Then comes Elliott, Desirable, Branch, Stuart, Caddo, Sumner and Melrose.

When the pecan harvester’s bin is full, the nuts are dumped into a pecan wagon.

Pecan wagon loaded and ready to head to the cleaning plant.

Pecan wagon loaded and ready to head to the cleaning plant.

Next stop is the cleaning plant.  Once the filled pecan wagon arrives at the cleaning plant, the nuts are dumped into a pit and are then carried by conveyors and various elevators up and down and around and through the dirt machine where dirt clods and large sticks and other debris are removed and blown into our trash trailer.   Next the pecans make their way to the Savage in-shell color sorter.  Savage Sorters employ high-resolution color cameras and highly specialized color-sorting software to identify and separate stick-tight nuts and other light debris. In a split second the machine uses a small blast of air to separate them out from the good-product flow. The sorting criteria is completely adjustable on the simple-to-use touch-screen computer terminal. Even novice computer users can learn the simple tasks involved.  After color sorting, the pecans proceed to the Savage pecan sizer where they are sized and then bagged in bulk bags and labeled as to variety, size, date of harvest, and what section of orchard the bagged pecans came from.  Filled super bags are then moved into the warehouse.  Next week I will blog about the cracking and shelling process.