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Chestnuts in a Bag, grow a chestnut tree

How to Grow a Chestnut Tree In Your Garden

Having a lofty chestnut tree in your garden can be a challenge, but a rewarding one for sure! These historic trees provide some of the sweetest nuts that bring the holiday season straight to your pallet. Learn more about how to grow a chestnut tree in your garden. These trees grew naturally in North America […]

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When & How to Harvest Pecans

A pecan nut consists of an edible kernel enclosed in a hard woody shell. The nut (kernel + shell) is itself enclosed in a leathery husk about 2 inches in diameter. When pecans mature, generally from September through November, the husks turn from green to brown and split open, releasing the nuts which then drop […]

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Comparison of Different Types of Pecan Tree Varieties

There are more than 500 named pecan varieties, but just a handful are widely planted in the United States. For the homeowner or small scale commercial orchardist, the important differences between types of pecan trees include: pollination type; timing of flowering; size of the nut; shell thickness; tendency to bear in alternate years; age at […]

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All About Pecans

Pecans play a huge role in fall and winter holiday traditions and cuisine, especially in the South. Whether it’s a classic pecan pie (or even pecan pie truffles), pralines, banana bread or other savory dishes, pecans can have their place at every meal, and make a great snack in between. While some in-store pecans are nice to […]

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Hot Potato!

Consider the potato: round, brown (typically), and a staple on most tables. If you believe the Earth is round and the sky is blue, then chances are you’ve consumed a potato. Predating the New Testament (somewhere between 8000 and 5000BC), the potato was first domesticated in the region of modern-day southern Peru and northwestern Bolivia. Today there […]