TIPS for STORING PECANS
To keep pecans fresh and flavorful, follow these guidelines:
- In-shell pecans can be stored in a cool, dry place for six to 12 months.
- Shelled pecans can be kept in the refrigerator for about nine months and for up to two years in the freezer.
- Pecans can be thawed and refrozen repeatedly during the two-year freezing period without loss of flavor or texture.
- Airtight containers, such as jars with lids, are best for storing pecans in the refrigerator.
- Sealed plastic bags are best for storing pecans in the freezer.
- After removal from cold storage, pecans will stay good for an additional two months.
FUN FACTS ABOUT PECANS
- There are over 1,000 varieties of pecans. Many are named for Native American Indian tribes.
- George Washington and Thomas Jefferson planted pecan trees in the 1700s. Washington called them "Mississippi nuts."
- Native pecan trees - those over 150 years old - have trunks more than 3 feet in diameter.
- The U.S. produces about 80 percent of the world’s pecan crop.
- Pecans contain compounds with antioxidant properties and can help fight the buildup of LDL cholesterol - the so-called bad cholesterol.
- Pecans are heart-healthy, containing 87 percent unsaturated fatty acids - 62 percent monounsaturated and 25 percent polyunsaturated.