Straight Off The Tree

Here on the farm, we have numerous pecan trees. I ‘ve never had a fancy for pecans. Having only eaten the store bought ones.

As long as we’ve lived here, I never tried one straight off the tree. Until a couple of years ago.

Now, I love them. But they are so hard to get out of the shell. Except in little bitty pieces.

Which makes one think, maybe it’s not worth the effort.

About that same time, my Dad told me that my Father-in-law had this nutcracker that would get them out in whole pieces. I was reluctant to believe this. I had to see it for myself. How could one nutcracker be different from any other?

My Mother loved pecans. So I borrowed my Father-in-law’s nutcracker. Picked up some pecans to crack for her. Was I in for a surprise!

Have you seen one of these?

They work like a dream. And yes, they get them out in whole peices. I was amazed!

Summer before last, I had to have one. So I began my search. I ended up ordering one online here.

Then we had a late freeze that killed all our pecan crop last fall. I have spent all this time waiting.

Waiting for the pecans to get ready, so I could use my very own nutcracker. And eat pecans until my heart is content.

Unfortunately, this nut cracker is not strong enough to crack a black walnut shell.

This (above) is the first pecan of the year. The shell is brickle and the pecan is rotten. Which is why it crushed instead of cracked.

I am so disappointed. I am hoping the rest of the crop is not effected this way.

I have waited so long!!!

I am just wondering if our dought conditions, has effected these pecans in this way?

They are just beginning to fall. So it’s still early to determine how the rest will turn out.

Keep your fingers crossed!