Pecan pie season is upon us! Have you considered growing a pecan tree in your yard? Not only will it produce the nuts to use for culinary delights, but it will be a shade tree to provide your family with needed relief.
The best time to plant a pecan tree is in the fall because fall planting allows time for the tree to establish a root system before leafing out in the spring. A newly transplanted tree is most vulnerable the first season it leafs out after transplanting. We have several different varieties to choose from, and love Candy, Elliot and Desirable. Click here is further information from the LSU Ag Center.
When you’re ready to plant, select a site to allow for the tree to have full development. It needs full sun, ideal water drainage, and plenty of air circulation to not only mature, but to produce the pecan nuts.
To plant, dig a hole twice the size of the root system. It’s a good idea to inspect the root system and trim off any dead or damaged roots. After that, place about 1/2 – 2/3 of soil back in the hole and firm it around the roots. Water it well by filling the hole and soaking into the ground. Add the remaining soil to make a ring around the tree to hold water. Water well again. Prune off any damaged, broken or crossed branches.
When it’s time to gather the fallen pecans, keep them fresh for baking. Clean them well, peel and let them dry for 4-6 hours spread out. Then freeze them in plastic or glass sealed containers. They don’t stay as fresh in plastic bags since the bags absorb freezer odors. When ready to use them, make sure they are thawed out completely, allowed time to dry and then you’re free to chop and cook or refrigerate to keep fresh until you’re ready!
Quick 5 ingredient Pecan Cookie Recipe:
-1 eggwhite, beaten
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups pecans, chopped
Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Beat egg white until stiff. Add brown sugar, flour, vanilla and pecans. Stir well. Drop on greased cookie sheet by the spoonful. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
Makes approx. 3 ½ dozen
Bring batch to All Seasons for sharing!!