These have been cleaned but not yet graded for size leaving a majority of halves with chunks and pieces all blended together. Available in 1 pound packages in quantities from 2 to 10 pounds.
These have been cleaned but not yet graded for size leaving a majority of halves with chunks and pieces all blended together.
Growers shake the pecan trees with a machine we ironically call a “shaker”. This Machine has a long arm with a large clamp on the end. Depending on the size of the tree, the shaker can grab the trunk or individual limb to vibrate the tree causing the mature pecans to fall off.
Once the nuts are on the ground, a machine called a sweeper ( kind of like a street sweeper) sweeps the pecans into rows then a mechanical Harvester comes along and sucks them all up along with some leaves, sticks and occasional rock. So the farmer dumps all of this into a wagon and brings it to us.
We have a state of the art cleaning plant here in Metter, GA. When the farmer brings the pecans to the cleaning plant, we dump them into a vat to transfer them into a trammel, which processes all pecans out one end and all the rocks, sticks and trash out the other end. Then the pecans are sorted by an electronic eye that kicks out the inferior pecans. At this stage, we can then begin to sort the nuts by size.
Once we have the pecans graded and sorted for size, we can now crack and shell those we want to retail. Our “Cracker” cracks each individual pecan by putting pressure on the nut from top to bottom. The machine has to be adjusted per size of the pecan. Then the cracked nuts go down a conveyer belt to be shelled. Once shelled the nuts go through a blower that blows a majority of the shells and bitter membranes out.
Now the pecans are ready for the “Pick Room” where we pick out the shells and discolored nuts on a vibrating table. Once the pecans are clean, we sort out the Halves from the broken chunks. Halves are sorted by size and the rest of the nuts are chopped for our bagged Pieces.
Halves and Pieces can now be bagged in our one pound bags and hand sealed for ultimate freshness.
It is a process, but our pecans are straight from the farmer to you! Freshness at it’s best!