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Buying Tips

Pecans are available year-round. Look for pecans in the shell that do not rattle when shaken, that feel heavy for their size, and that have no cracks in the shell. Since shelled pecans turn rancid quickly, it is best to buy them in the shell for maximum freshness.


There are over 300 varieties of pecans. Most varieties are a little over one inch in length and consist of two lobes, similar to the walnut but more delicate in flavor.

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