Pecan (Kanza & Carya)

Available at the Emerson Food Forest

Harvest and Use

  • Harvest in late September - November, when the nuts begin falling from the trees. 
  • The nuts are encased in a green husk that turns brown and splinters open as the nuts ripen. Ripe nuts will fall to the ground or can be picked from the open husk.
  • Nuts that have been on wet ground can turn rancid. Look for nuts with a pale brown striped shell. Darker colored shells can indicate resting on the ground for an extended period of time.
  • Open the shell to enjoy the nut meat inside!
  • Nuts can be eaten raw, toasted, or baked into pies, breads, and pastries.